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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 1/2016

27-05-2015 | Empirical Research

Child Welfare and the Transition to Adulthood: Investigating Placement Status and Subsequent Arrests

Auteurs: Joseph P. Ryan, Brian E. Perron, Hui Huang

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 1/2016

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Abstract

Studies of the transition to adulthood in child welfare focus almost exclusively on youth in foster care. Yet, research indicates that maltreated children who remain in the home may display similar risks as compared with their peers in formal foster care settings. Utilizing administrative data from child welfare, juvenile justice and adult corrections, the current study fills a gap in the literature by analyzing justice outcomes for older adolescents involved with the child welfare system regardless of their placement status. We focus on both intact family cases and formal foster care placements. The diverse sample (11 % Hispanic, 8 % African American, 6 % Native American, 9 % multi-racial, 56 % female) included open child welfare cases involving 17 year olds (n = 9874). Twenty-nine percent of adolescents were associated with a long term out of home placement and 62 % were associated with an intact family case. Event history models were developed to estimate the risk of subsequent offending. Adolescents associated with long term foster care placement were significantly less likely to experience a subsequent arrest as compared with adolescents associated with a long term intact family case. Males, African Americans and adolescents associated with neglect were also more likely to experience a subsequent arrest. Limited focus on the intact family population in child welfare represents a lost opportunity to support critical developmental gains and facilitate a smooth transition to adulthood.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Child Welfare and the Transition to Adulthood: Investigating Placement Status and Subsequent Arrests
Auteurs
Joseph P. Ryan
Brian E. Perron
Hui Huang
Publicatiedatum
27-05-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 1/2016
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-015-0305-1