Vt. report: Boys start psych problems before girls

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A new report out from the Vermont Department of Mental Health shows that emotional and behavioral problems often surface in boys at a younger age than in girls.

Agencies working under contract with the state Department of Mental Health designated 359 children as being in need of behavioral interventionist services for severe emotional disturbances during fiscal 2012.

Seventy-six of those children were boys, but the percentage shifts as the children grow.

The report says 91 percent of children who were ages 4 to 7 and experiencing severe emotional disturbances were boys. That percentage declined to 65 percent among those 16 and older.

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