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NCJ Number: 208421 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorders Among Older Youths in the Foster Care System
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:44  Issue:1  Dated:January 2005  Pages:88-95
Author(s): J. Curtis McMillen Ph.D.; Bonnie T. Zima M.D.; Lionel D. Scott, Jr. Ph.D.; Wendy F. Auslander Ph.D.; Michelle R. Munson M.S.W; Marcia T. Ollie M.S.W; Edward L. Spitznagel Ph.D.
Date Published: January 2005
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: R01 MH 61404
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined prevalence rates of psychiatric disorders in a older youths placed in the foster care system, examined the timing of disorder onset and system entry, and explored variations in past year prevalence rates.
Abstract: There are roughly 100,000 older youths in the United States foster care system. However, little is known about the extent of psychiatric disorders among these youth. This study of 17 year-old youths from the Missouri Division of Family Services (MDFS) addressed several objectives: (1) to estimate the rates of psychiatric disorders among older youths in the foster care system; (2) to assess the onset of these disorders relative to the entry into the foster care system; and (3) to examine how rates of psychiatric disorder vary by gender, race, child maltreatment histories, and living situation. Results suggested that older youths in the foster care system had a disproportionately high rate of psychiatric disorders with the onset of at least one disorder beginning before entry into the foster care system. The youths had prevalence rates of major depression three times greater and rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) two times greater. The findings underscore the need to provide services to youths and families to address mental health problems before placement outside the home. References
Main Term(s): Foster adolescents
Index Term(s): Emotional disorders; Foster homes; Juvenile foster homes; Juvenile mental health services; Mental disorders; Missouri; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD); Psychiatric services; Psychological evaluation; Special needs children
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