Prior Trauma Exposure for Youth in Treatment Foster Care.


Journal Article

Very little research has focused on rates of trauma exposure for youth in treatment foster care (TFC). Available research has utilized record review for assessing exposure, which presents limitations for the range of trauma types examined, as records are predominantly focused on abuse and neglect. The current study examines exposure rates and association with emotional and behavioral outcomes for 229 youth in 46 TFC agencies. The youth in this study had exceptionally high rates of trauma exposure by foster parent report, similar to youth in traditional foster care, with nearly half of the sample exposed to four or more types of traumatic events. A composite child abuse and neglect exposure variable was associated with child and adolescent emotional and behavioral outcomes. Implications for services provided as part of TFC are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dorsey, S; Burns, BJ; Southerland, DG; Cox, JR; Wagner, HR; Farmer, EMZ

Published Date

  • October 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 816 - 824

PubMed ID

  • 23730144

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23730144

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1062-1024

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10826-011-9542-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States