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Impact of a Mentoring and Skills Group Program on Mental Health Outcomes for Maltreated Children in Foster Care

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dc.contributor.author Taussig, H. N., & Culhane, S. E.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-06T18:17:51Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-06T18:17:51Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Taussig, H. N., & Culhane, S. E. (2010). Impact of a Mentoring and Skills Group Program on Mental Health Outcomes for Maltreated Children in Foster Care. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 8(164) 739-746. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.ojp.gov/ncjrs/virtual-library/abstracts/impact-mentoring-and-skills-group-program-mental-health-outcomes
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/5081
dc.description.abstract The evaluation was conducted in the Denver (Colorado) metropolitan area using a randomized controlled trial. Participants were children ages 9 to 11 years old who were maltreated and placed in foster care. Children in the control group (n = 77) received an assessment of their cognitive, educational, and mental health functioning. Children in the intervention group (n = 79) received the assessment and participated in a 9-month mentoring and skills group program. Children and caregivers were interviewed at baseline prior to randomization, immediately following the intervention, and 6 months after the intervention. Teachers were interviewed two times after baseline. Measures included a multi-informant index of mental health problems; youth-reported symptoms of posttraumatic stress, dissociation, and quality of life; and caregiver- and youth-reported use of mental health services and psychotropic medications. After adjusting for covariates, intent-to-treat analyses demonstrated that the treatment group had fewer mental health problems on a multi-informant factor 6 months after the intervention (mean difference, −0.51; 95 percent confidence interval, −0.84 to −0.19), reported fewer symptoms of dissociation 6 months after the intervention (mean difference, −3.66; 95 percent confidence interval, −6.58 to −0.74), and reported better quality of life immediately following the intervention (mean difference, 0.11; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.03 to 0.19). Fewer youths in the intervention group than in the control group had received recent mental health therapy 6 months after the intervention according to youth report (53 percent vs 71 percent, respectively; relative risk = 0.75; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.57 to 0.98). The study concludes that a 9-month mentoring and skills group intervention for children in foster care can be implemented with fidelity and high uptake rates, resulting in improved mental health outcomes. (publisher abstract modified) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine en_US
dc.subject mentoring en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject caregivers en_US
dc.subject evaluation en_US
dc.subject child maltreatment en_US
dc.subject mental health services en_US
dc.subject intervention en_US
dc.title Impact of a Mentoring and Skills Group Program on Mental Health Outcomes for Maltreated Children in Foster Care en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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