Although childhood psychiatric disorders are commonly seen in general practice, only a few children in the community gain access to professional help. Whether a child is referred or not depends on various factors to do with the child and family and others, such as what the GP expects from the referral. Severity per se is not the only referral determinant. Whether GPs know what the child psychiatric services in the area have to offer could also be expected to affect referral (Markantonakis & Mathai, 1990). We are aware of the need for general practitioners to be made more aware of the services that we have to offer.
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