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Depression Among Alumni of Foster Care: Decreasing Rates Through Improvement of Experiences in Care

White, C. R.,
O'Brien, K.,
Pecora, P. J.,
English, D.,
Williams, J. R.,
Phillips, C. M.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2008
SAGE Publications
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 17(1); 38-48: March 2009
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The current study was part of the larger Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study (Northwest Study), which examined the relation between experiences in foster care and depression among young adults who spent at least a year in foster care as adolescents. The authors examined the factors and program components related to depression among alumni of foster care, and whether improvements in specific aspects of the foster care experience were associated with decreased rates of adult depression. The results indicate that preparation for leaving foster care, nurturing supports from the foster family, school stability, access to tutoring, access to therapeutic service and support, and a shorter and more stable placement history were associated with a lower probability of depression in young adulthood. These findings suggest ways to improve practice to decrease rates of depression among alumni of care. Modified Author Abstract.

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