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Presented at the 19th Annual Research Conference

Use of Psychotropic Medications During the Transition Out of Foster Care

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Session Number: 19 Room: Salon C & D

Presenting: Curtis McMillen; Bethany Lee

All Authors for this paper: Curtis McMillen; Bethany Lee

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: This presentation examines psychotropic medication use as youth leave the foster care system. In a study of 406 youth from the foster care system in Missouri, medication use was measured 9 times from age 17 to 19 using the SACA medication module and a life history calendar. Continued medication during the transition out of the foster care was rare: 14% and 18% using two different measures. Young adults who stopped taking medications stopped for a variety of reasons, including the "hassle" of prescriptions and a perception that they were not needed. Affordability was a secondary consideration.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2006

Session Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Presentation Time: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM