To describe the health status and to illustrate the usefulness of an enhanced primary care model for children in foster care.
Cross-sectional analysis of a clinical cohort via chart review.
Foster Care Program of the Center for the Vulnerable Child at the Children's Hospital, Oakland, Calif.
Two hundred thirteen children in foster care assessed between August 1988 and June 1991.
A multidisciplinary assessment protocol was used to collect health and social histories and to conduct developmental, emotional, and behavioral assessments and medical examinations.
Cross-tabulations were used to compare distributions of conditions and characteristics of the population, including the reasons for, timing of, and number of placements.
The population was largely African-American (83.4%), with a mean age of approximately 3 years.
At least 78% of children came from homes where drug use was a primary reason for placement.
A history of maternal drug use was present in 94% of infants.
Emotional, relational, and behavioral problems were more common in children first placed after 2 years of age and in those with a greater number of placements (khi2=12.6, P<. 05).
This comprehensive assessment of children in foster care revealed higher rates of chronic multiple medical and mental health problems than previously reported.
Mots-clés Pascal : Californie, Evaluation, Programme sanitaire, Enfant, Placement familial, Santé, Enfant maltraité, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : California, Evaluation, Sanitary program, Child, Foster care placement, Health, Child abuse, United States, North America, America, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0278555
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 01/03/1996.