Health risks for older US adolescents in foster care: the significance of important others' health behaviours on youths' health and health behaviours

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dc.contributor.author Farruggia, SP en
dc.contributor.author Sorkin, D en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-31T01:56:57Z en
dc.date.issued 2009-05 en
dc.identifier.citation Child: Care, Health and Development 35(3):340-348 May 2009 en
dc.identifier.issn 1365-2214 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/18823 en
dc.description.abstract Background Little research to date has examined older foster care youths' physical health and the associated health behaviours of the youth and important people in their lives (parents, peers and important non-parental adults). Methods Older US foster care youth (n= 188) completed surveys on multiple indicators of self-report physical health, including number of chronic health problems, overall health and sick symptoms, as well as their own health-compromising behaviours and the health-compromising behaviours of important others. Results The findings suggested that boys, particularly those placed in non-kin foster homes and group homes, appeared to have poorer health than did boys in these placement settings. Girls, however, engaged in similar levels of health-compromising behaviours as boys. Furthermore, the health-compromising behaviours of peers and important non-parental adults (VIPs), but not parents, were associated with youths' health behaviours, which, in turn, were associated with the physical health status of the foster care youth. Conclusion Youth report high levels of health-related problems and involvement in health-compromising behaviours. Healthcare practitioners can help to improve the health and well-being of children in foster care by becoming informed about adolescent health behaviours, as well as the health behaviours of their peers and other important non-parental adults. en
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Child: Care, Health and Development en
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dc.title Health risks for older US adolescents in foster care: the significance of important others' health behaviours on youths' health and health behaviours en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2009.00960.x en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 340 en
pubs.volume 35 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The Authors; Journal compilation; Blackwell Publishing Ltd en
pubs.end-page 348 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 343635 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-04-17 en


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