skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


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
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.