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Prevalence of mental health problems among children placed in out of home care in Denmark
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2009 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 14, no 2, 156-165 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper concerns the prevalence of mental health problems among children in family foster and residential care within a Danish context. All children, born in Denmark in 1995, who are or formerly have been placed in out-of-home care (n= 1072), are compared with a group of vulnerable children of the same age, subjected to child protection interventions but living at home (n= 1457, referred to as the ‘in home care children’), and to all contemporaries who are not child protection clients (n= 71 321, referred to as the ‘non-welfare children’). Prevalence data are established on the basis of national administrative register data, including data on psychiatric diagnoses of the children, and on survey data scoring children in out-of-home care, in home care children, and non-welfare children by means of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). Results show that 20% of children in out-of-home care have at least one psychiatric diagnosis compared to 3% of the non-welfare children. Almost half of the children in care (48%) are, furthermore, scored within the abnormal range of SDQ, compared to 5% of the non-welfare children.

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2009. Vol. 14, no 2, 156-165 p.
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children in family foster and residential care;mental health problems;prevalence;psychiatric diagnoses;SDQ scores
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36611DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2009.00620.xOAI: diva2:289797
Available from: 2010-01-25 Created: 2010-01-25 Last updated: 2012-03-09Bibliographically approved

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