US Foster Kids May Suffer Significantly Higher Risks of Health Problems

The New York Daily News (10/17, Pesce) reports, “Children in the US foster care system suffer significantly higher risks of emotional and physical health problems…such as depression, asthma and obesity,” researchers found. Specifically, investigators “found those in foster care were seven times more likely to be depressed, five times more likely to be anxious, and six times more prone to behavior problems than other kids in the general population.”

MedPage Today (10/17, Bachert) reports that researchers arrived at the study’s conclusions after having “collected data from” the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health Data, “a nationally representative survey of 95,677 noninstitutionalized children ages 0 to 17 years in the US,” the reviewing “interviews with the adults in the household, usually a parent, regarding the children in the sample.”

Related Links:

— “Science backs how much foster care sucks — kids suffer more health problems ,” Nicole Lyn Pesce, New York Daily News, October 17, 2016.

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