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Prevelance of any MBDD among children U.S. 2011-2012, by federal poverty level

This statistic shows the prevalence of having any mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder (MBDD) among children in the U.S. from 2011 to 2012, by federal poverty level. At this time, it was estimated that 18.7 percent of children aged 2 to 8 years living below the federal poverty level had some MBDD.

Prevalence of any mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder (MBDD)* among children in the U.S. from 2011 to 2012, by federal poverty level

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Release date

March 2016


United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

35,121 respondents

Age group

2 to 8 years

Special properties

Reported by parents

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* Including parent report of whether they were ever told by a health care professional that the child had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety problems, behavioral or conduct problems such as oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder, Tourette syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, learning disability, intellectual disability, developmental delay, or speech or other language problems.

Federal poverty level is based on family income and family size and composition using federal poverty thresholds that are updated annually by the U.S. Census Bureau using the change in the average annual consumer price index for all urban consumers. Imputed income was used for 9.3% of children aged 2–8 years without reported household income.

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