Multi-level Determinants of Guardian Willingness to Utilize Accessible Mental Health Services for School Aged Children and Adolescents Living in Ibadan, Nigeria
In lower middle income countries (LMIC) where child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) services are available but limited, guardians’ willingness to utilize accessible services for their children is pivotal to ensuring that children’s mental health needs are met in a timely manner. We know that guardians play a key role in facilitating the process of securing appropriate CAMH services because they exercise the authority to decide how best to address their children’s mental health needs. Despite the well-documented need to address CAMH needs in Nigeria, it remains unclear how these factors interact to influence guardians’ decision to utilize existing CAMH services in LMIC such as Nigeria, where mental health programming persistently lags CAMH morbidity. Understanding pathways that lead to utilizing available CAMH services that are accessible to families will guide the development and roll-out of programming that will optimize CAMH care in regions where services remain absent. This study in partnership with the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, University of Ibadan, empirically tests a model that explains the interactive pathways of socio-cultural and individual factors that influence guardians’ willingness to utilize accessible mental health services for their children at the University College Hospital Ibadan (UCH).
Collaborators: Adeola Oduguwa, Olurotimi Adejumo, Tolulope Bella-Awusah, & Olayinka Omigbodun