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Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development 3/2018

12-10-2017 | Original Article

The Mental Health of Adolescents Residing in Court-Ordered Foster Care: Findings from a Population Survey

Auteur: Michael Tarren-Sweeney

Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development | Uitgave 3/2018

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Abstract

The mental health of a representative sample of 230 adolescents residing in foster care in New South Wales, Australia, was estimated in a state-wide epidemiological survey from carer-report responses on the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and the Assessment Checklist for Adolescents (ACA). Rates of CBCL total problems, externalizing and internalizing scores above the borderline range cut-points were 49, 44 and 29% respectively, representing a relative risk of 3.8, 3.7 and 2.7 respectively in comparison to Australian children at large. These rates are 10–14% lower than that previously estimated for pre-adolescent Australian children in foster care. Whereas older age is associated with poorer mental health among pre-adolescent children in foster care, the present study findings suggest that this effect does not extend into adolescence. Around half of adolescents residing in foster care have mental health difficulties requiring referral to treatment services, including attachment- and trauma-related difficulties that are uncommon among clinic-referred children at large.

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Metagegevens
Titel
The Mental Health of Adolescents Residing in Court-Ordered Foster Care: Findings from a Population Survey
Auteur
Michael Tarren-Sweeney
Publicatiedatum
12-10-2017
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Child Psychiatry & Human Development / Uitgave 3/2018
Print ISSN: 0009-398X
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3327
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-017-0763-7