Grantee Publication

Blind Spot: Unidentified Risks to Children’s Mental Health

Executive Summary

Statistics indicate that in any given year more than one in five Connecticut children struggles with a mental health or substance abuse problem, often accompanied by poor academic performance, absenteeism, and other school ‐ related difficulties. A chronological review of school records of adolescents with academic, emotional and behavioral problems suggests risk factors in early childhood and elementary school are often overlooked, but that supportive, collaborative early identification and intervention hold promise for more positive outcomes.


  • Andrea M. Spencer, Ph.D., is Dean of the School of Education at Pace University, New York, NY, and educational consultant to the Center for Children’s Advocacy.