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Swedish population-based study of pupils showed that foster children faced increased risks for ill health, negative lifestyles and school failure.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1370-9409
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
Örebro universitet.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0417-1686
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2017 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 106, no 10, 1635-1641 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: This population-based study explored whether foster children faced a higher risk of health problems than children of the same age who were not in foster care.

METHODS: Data for 13 739 pupils aged 10, 13 and 16 years were obtained from the Pupil Health Database in the county of Värmland, Sweden, for the school years 2012/2013 and 2013/2014. These included data on school performance, health, lifestyle and social relationships, based on children's interviews with school nurses.

RESULTS: Of all the pupils, 171 (1.2%) were in foster care. Children in foster care were generally unhealthier than other children. Both girls and boys were at higher risk of chronic health problems, daily smoking, use of drugs and school failure. When the girls in foster care were compared to other girls, we found that they faced a higher risk of psychological and psychosomatic symptoms. This difference was not found for boys. Foster children were also more likely to express a more negative view on life.

CONCLUSION: We confirmed earlier studies that children in foster care tended to have inferior health and well-being than other children. These findings emphasise that health, risky behaviour and school performance should be considered together when assessing foster children.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. Vol. 106, no 10, 1635-1641 p.
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Foster children, Health problem, Lifestyle, Population-based study, School performance
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-62970DOI: 10.1111/apa.13966PubMedID: 28664570OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-62970DiVA: diva2:1139727
Available from: 2017-09-08 Created: 2017-09-08 Last updated: 2017-09-08Bibliographically approved

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