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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Practical Strategies Identified by Statistical Simulations to Address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder of Youth in Foster Care

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Session Number: 54 Room: Salon H

Presenting: Kirk O'Brien; Peter Pecora

All Authors for this paper: Kirk O'Brien; Peter Pecora; Jason Williams; Diana English; Ronald Kessler

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: Foster care practitioners and administrators want to know how to improve youth outcomes. In a recent study, foster care alumni data from one voluntary and two large state agencies were collected with a 76% response rate and a sample size of 479 participants. Findings indicated that one-quarter (25.2%) of alumni experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the past 12 months, a rate higher than the general population and some war veterans. Statistical simulations indicated the potential of reducing the rate of PTSD by changing specific aspects of placement history and experience, education services and experience, and preparation for leaving care.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Session Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presentation Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM