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Risk factors for mental health diagnoses among children adopted from the public child welfare system

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  • Hussey, David L.
  • Falletta, Lynn
  • Eng, Abbey
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    Children awaiting adoption through the child welfare system often have “special needs,” or characteristics that make securing an adoptive home for them challenging. A subset of these youth experiences significant psychiatric symptomatology, which may pose a problem for the stability of the adoptive placement. Clinicians and policymakers require information about precursors to mental health difficulties in order to plan effectively for the placement of these children.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Children and Youth Services Review.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 10 ()
    Pages: 2072-2080

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:10:p:2072-2080

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    Keywords: Adoption; Child welfare; Mental health diagnosis; Risk factors;

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    1. Tan, Tony Xing & Marn, Travis, 2013. "Mental health service utilization in children adopted from US foster care, US private agencies and foreign countries: Data from the 2007 National Survey of Adoption Parents (NSAP)," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(7), pages 1050-1054.

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