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What Works in Foster Care?Key Components of Success From the Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study$
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Peter J. Pecora, Ronald C. Kessler, Jason Williams, A. Chris Downs, Diana J. English, James White, and Kirk O'Brien

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175912.001.0001

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Risk Factors

Risk Factors

Chapter:
(p.81) 5 Risk Factors
Source:
What Works in Foster Care?
Author(s):

Peter J. Pecora

Ronald C. Kessler

Jason Williams

A. Chris Downs

Diana J. English

James White

Kirk O'Brien

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175912.003.0005

This chapter summarizes the risk factors for adverse adult outcomes that Northwest alumni faced before or during care. These included the number of places lived before foster care, parents' health and criminal problems, and abuse/neglect. In this volume, the term risk factors refers to those descriptors, aside from demographic variables, largely in effect before the alumni entered foster care and certainly before they became eligible for the study. Thus, risk factors are here differentiated from factors the agencies could likely control or influence. This chapter presents prevalence data on many risk factors that will later be associated with outcomes and will later be used as controls before examining the relationship between foster care experiences and outcomes. This chapter provides the context for experiences that placed alumni at risk for poor long-term outcomes.

Keywords:   adverse adult outcomes, parent health, parent criminal problems, abuse, neglect, risk factors

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