Navigation Links
Mental Health Needs Greater for Foster Children

Foster children suffer mental health problems far more commonly than other children, new research// has revealed.

The research, by Professor Michael Sawyer and colleagues from the Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service and University of Adelaide, is reported in the latest Medical Journal of Australia.

It reveals that many children experience mental health problems in a welfare system that is seriously in need of more mental health support services.

Funded by the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund, the research compared the prevalence of mental health problems among children and teenagers in home-based foster care with those among children in the general community.

“We found that the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children and adolescents in home-based foster care was two to five times higher than that in the general population,” says Prof Sawyer.

The study found that attention and social problems were more common than anxiety and depression, and were more prevalent in younger children.

"Severe disruptive behaviour is of particular concern as it can continue into adulthood and is a source of significant economic burden for the whole community," says Professor Sawyer.

Rates of suicidal behaviour for those in home-based foster care were found to be much higher than those recorded in the community, with 6.7 per cent of 13-17 year olds reporting a suicide attempt that had required medical treatment.

Caregivers who were surveyed reported that 53.4 per cent of children in care needed professional help for their emotional and behavioural problems, but only 26.9 per cent had obtained help.

“Our findings provide a major challenge for the community and for welfare services,” says Prof Sawyer.

“It is unrealistic to expect volunteer caregivers to provide 24-hour care and support for these young people unless they receive h igh-quality professional support and adequate respite.

“There is a great need to develop and evaluate new interventions to address the mental health problems experienced by these young people.”


Related medicine news :

1. Mental illness a key factor in suicide
2. Mental retardation linked to brain protein
3. Mental growth in babies at risk
4. Reduced Fatigue Boosts Mental Health
5. Mental Health Services for Children
6. Mentally Demanding Jobs Found To Reduce The Risk Of Alzheimer’
7. Diabetics To Seek Mental Counseling To Cope With Stress
8. Exercise Can Decrease Mental Decline
9. Low Socioeconomic Status May Lead To Mental Illness
10. Mental health may deteriorate as early as in the teens
11. Folic Acid Retards Mental Decline In Middle Aged Subjects
Post Your Comments:

(Date:10/13/2015)... , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ProText Kinetic Panel ... . With ProText Kinetic Panel, users can create energetic text animations in any layout ... into the Final Cut Pro X timeline and stylize the text. With intuitive on-screen ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... of IBM software products, introduced a new company, RightSensor™ LLC, an Internet of ... communications capability. RightSensor™ provides a fully-managed approach for customers requiring sensor hardware ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... published by Medical New Today on September 18, 2015. The research, which was conducted ... by Dr. Wael Sabbah and colleagues, show connections between stress during pregnancy and future ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... A child ... that’s why SmileCareClub , the leading remote invisible aligner system, has joined with ... would otherwise go without it. For each aligner treatment plan purchased, SmileCareClub will donate ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Hills, CA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 ... ... management and workflow solutions, announced today their Title Sponsorship of Synergy 2015. The ... in Henderson, NV at Green Valley Ranch and will unite customers, partners, WennSoft ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... DUBLIN , Oct. 13 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the addition of the "US ... - 16 Countries (2010-2021)" report to ... has announced the addition of the ... Repair - 16 Countries (2010-2021)" report ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... LAUDERDALE, Fla. , Oct. 13, 2015   ... developer of solutions that aid in the early detection ... has awarded Vigilant,s founder and CEO, Matthew ... the Year Award, which recognizes an entrepreneur who has ... Florida,s life sciences industry in the leadership ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... 13, 2015   Happy Vitals ®, ... home testing kit for breast milk.  The ... an unparalleled, detailed assessment of the nutrition ... carbs and key vitamins—all charted over time ... health tracking.  In addition, Happy Vitals also offers ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: