The current study was conducted in order to explore whether age at first placement, number of previous placements, and a history of abuse/neglect are predictors for depressive disorders in children in treatment foster care. A sample from 2000-2009 of 1,246 youth from a treatment foster care program was used as participants in the study. The two criterion variables used to measure depressive disorders included the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children Fourth Edition (DISC-IV) and clinician diagnosis. It was hypothesized that the older a child is when first placed, the more placements they have experienced, and a history of abuse/neglect the more likely they are to have a depressive disorder diagnosis. In line with one hypothesis, results indicated that the number of previous placements did positively predict depressive disorder diagnoses by clinician, with more placements leading to a higher likelihood of a diagnosis. The only other statistically significant finding was that age at first placement negatively predicts depressive disorder by clinician. Meaning, unlike what was hypothesized, the younger a child is when first placed in care the more likely they are to receive a depressive disorder diagnosis by clinician. All other results obtained from the study were found not to be statically significant.
|Commitee:||Brown, Denise, Hupp, Stephen|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Depressive disorders, Foster care, Placement|
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