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NCJ Number: 165011 Find in a Library
Title: Correlates of Therapy Referral in Foster Children
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:20  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1996)  Pages:921-931
Author(s): A L Cantos; L T Gries; V Slis
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Forty-nine children in foster care who had been referred for therapy were compared with 19 children who had never been to therapy during their foster care placement to determine the factors correlated with behavior problems of children in foster care.
Abstract: The children all came from New York City families, most of whom were on public assistance. Placement was a result of either child abuse or neglect. Data were collected from the children's records, a 2-hour structured interview with each child, and a behavior checklist completed by each foster parent. Results revealed that the referred and nonreferred children differed on several important behavioral indicators, including the number of externalizing and internalizing behavior problems, behavioral competence, and mental age. Findings suggest that the child's age when first placed in care, the number of different placements the child experiences during care, and the type of foster care placement (kinship versus nonkinship) may all relate to the need for clinical services in this population. Figures, table, and 32 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Juvenile foster homes; Mental disorders; New York; Parent-Child Relations; Problem behavior
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