Examination of Child Placement, Emotional, Behavioral and Attachment Problems Among Children with Caregiver-Perpetrated Trauma Histories.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Caregiver-perpetrated trauma (CPT) is associated with adverse consequences for youth, including out-of-home placement. Although promotion of kinship care placement has recently increased, effects on youth remain unclear. Psychosocial functioning of 1107 CPT-exposed youth ages 2 to 18 was compared across placement types using generalized mixed models. Youth remaining at home had increased Somatization symptoms compared to kinship (OR = .25, CI = 0.07-.88) and foster care (OR = .32, CI = 0.11-.98) youth. Both out-of-home placement types had higher odds of Attachment Problems (OR = 3.61, CI = 2.22-5.87 and 4.41, CI = 2.71-7.18 respectively). PTSD symptoms varied, youth in kinship care had increased self-reported re-experiencing symptoms (OR = 2.66, CI = 1.04-6.8), while youth in foster care had elevated clinician-rated PTSD (OR = 2.07, CI = 1.1.3-3.80). Given the limited differences between kinship and foster care, studies should continue to delineate the impact of child placement type to inform child welfare policy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beyerlein, BA; Briggs, EC; Vivrette, RL; Theodore, P; Lee, R

Published Date

  • June 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 245 - 255

PubMed ID

  • 32318196

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7163847

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1936-1521

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s40653-018-0206-z


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Switzerland