More and more integration aids for mentally handicapped children

The mental and social problems of children and adolescents played an increasingly important role even before the corona crisis.

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The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Tuesday that the child and youth welfare organizations provided around 2019 integration grants in 109.200. That was 156 percent more than ten years earlier.

At that time, the number of integration aids was around 42.600. These are intended to make it easier for children and young people who are affected or threatened by a mental disability to participate in social life. This can take the form of counseling and therapy, for example, but also through school support and integration assistance. The latter have become more important in everyday school life - this is likely to be one of the reasons for the increase in the aid granted. The data collected do not allow any statements about short-term corona effects due to the recorded period. The integration grants were initiated for a variety of reasons; In 2019, these were most common mental problems or developmental problems (41 percent), including, for example, fears, suicidal tendencies or developmental delays. In 30 percent of the cases, integration assistance was granted due to school or professional problems, such as ADHD, hyperactivity or truancy. Abnormal social behavior such as isolation, drug use or aggressive behavior were the motivation for using integration assistance in 16 percent of the cases. Almost half (48 percent) of the help was used by children between the ages of nine and 13, according to statisticians. Almost three out of four people affected are boys (73 percent), the proportion increased slightly within ten years (2009: 70 percent). On average, integration assistance took almost two years (23 months).





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