Having a parent with a behavioral health condition increases the likelihood that a child will develop one too. In the paper “Household dynamics in the prevalence of mental health conditions and substance use disorders,” Milliman’s Stoddard Davenport and Marissa North explore the prevalence of mental health and substance use disorders within commercially insured families in the United States to understand the likelihood of a household being affected by these conditions.
The infographic below illustrates key findings and trends from the paper.
Many social determinants of health have important effects on
behavioral health and can apply to all members of a family. Some research has
found that having a family member with a mental illness decreases family
functioning and is a general stressor for families. With that in mind, payers
and providers may find that the diagnosis of a behavioral health condition in
one family member could signal that it may be worth screening for circumstances
that might affect the entire household. This could provide an opportunity for
earlier diagnosis and intervention with other household members who may be at
heightened risk for similar behavioral health concerns.
In order to shed more light on how behavioral health conditions affect families, Milliman analyzed the prevalence of several conditions among family members in a national, commercially insured population in 2017. In this paper, Milliman’s Stoddard Davenport and Marissa North expand on existing research by analyzing the prevalence of behavioral conditions in parents of children with behavioral conditions versus those without as well as children of parents with behavioral conditions versus those without.