Longitudinal Assessment of Self-Harm Statements of Youth in Foster Care: Rates, Reporters, and Related Factors

Joy Gabrielli, Erin P. Hambrick, Angela M. Tunno, Yo Jackson, Amanda Spangler, Rebecca M. Kanine

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Abstract

Self-harm in youth is a risk factor related to mental health and future morbidity, yet, relatively little is known about the rates and course of self-harm in youth residing in foster care. This study examined self-harm talk in foster youth based on caregiver and child report for 135 children between the ages of 8- and 11-years old. Longitudinal data on course of self-harm talk from both youth and caregivers also are provided. Caregivers identified that 24 % of youth participants had disclosed a desire to die or to hurt themselves. Youth self-report revealed that 21 % of children indicated a desire for self-harm, and rates of self-harm from both reporters decreased over time. While overall rates were similar across reporters, findings show discrepancies between youth self-report and caregiver report within individuals. Also, caregivers for youth in residential facilities were more likely to report youth self-harm talk than caregivers from foster home settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)893-902
Number of pages10
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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Caregivers
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Residential Facilities
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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Gabrielli, Joy ; Hambrick, Erin P. ; Tunno, Angela M. ; Jackson, Yo ; Spangler, Amanda ; Kanine, Rebecca M. / Longitudinal Assessment of Self-Harm Statements of Youth in Foster Care : Rates, Reporters, and Related Factors. In: Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 2015 ; Vol. 46, No. 6. pp. 893-902.
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In: Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Vol. 46, No. 6, 01.12.2015, p. 893-902.

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