Characteristics of Children with Emotional, Behavioral, or Developmental Conditions
The population of children with emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions differs from that of children without these conditions in many ways. Boys are disproportionately likely to be diagnosed with these conditions (65.7 percent of children with one of the seven conditions is male, compared to 49.2 percent of children without one of the conditions). Children with these conditions are more likely to be in the older age groups (because these conditions may not be diagnosed until middle childhood): of children with an emotional, behavioral, or developmental condition, 51.1 percent were 12 to 17 years old, compared to 37.3 percent of children with none of the conditions. In addition, children with these conditions are more likely to have low family incomes than children without them: of children with at least one emotional, behavioral, or developmental condition, 24.8 percent had family incomes below the Federal poverty level, compared to 17.1 percent of children without one of these conditions.