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Type: Journal article
Title: The health-related quality of life of children and adolescents in home-based foster care
Author: Carbone, J.
Sawyer, M.
Searle, A.
Robinson, P.
Citation: Quality of Life Research, 2007; 16(7):1157-1166
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publ
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0962-9343
1573-2649
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Josephine A. Carbone, Michael G. Sawyer, Amelia K. Searle and Philip J. Robinson
Abstract: Objective To compare the health-related quality of life (HRQL) of 326 children and adolescents aged 6–17 years living in home-based foster care in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia with the HRQL of a random sample of 3,582 children aged 6–17 years living in the community in Australia. Method In both groups, HRQL was assessed using the 50-item version of the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ-PF50) completed by caregivers/parents, and the 87-item self-report version of the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ-CF87) completed by 13–17 year olds. Results Young people in home-based foster care had significantly poorer HRQL in a wide range of different domains than those in the general community. Furthermore, among children in home-based foster care, those with mental health problems had significantly poorer HRQL in many domains than those without mental health problems. Demographic and placement characteristics of the children in home-based foster care were not significantly associated with differences in HRQL. Conclusion The findings highlight the importance of providing services and resources to improve the quality of life of children living in home-based foster care.
Keywords: Child health
Child welfare
Foster care
Mental health
Quality of life
Description: The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
DOI: 10.1007/s11136-007-9227-z
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