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April 25, 2014

Approximately one in 13 children between the ages of 6 and 17 has taken prescription medication for emotional or behavioral problems in the last six months, according to a new government report.

And more than half (55.1 percent) of kids taking these medications had parents who said the medications helped their children "a lot." Meanwhile, 26 percent of kids had parents who said the medications helped "some," and 18.9 percent of kids had parents who said the medications helped "not at all" or only "a little."

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Use of the medications was higher among families with an income below the poverty level, compared to families with incomes at 100 percent of the poverty level or less than 200 percent of the poverty level.

Boys were more likely than girls -- 9.7 percent compared with 5.2 percent -- to use prescription medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, as were non-Hispanic white children, compared with black children and Hispanic children (9.2 percent, 7.4 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively).

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