The health-related quality of life of children and adolescents in home-based foster care

Carbone, Josephine A.; Sawyer, Michael G.; Searle, Amelia K.; Robinson, Philip J.
September 2007
Quality of Life Research;Sep2007, Vol. 16 Issue 7, p1157
Academic Journal
journal article
Objective: To compare the health-related quality of life (HRQL) of 326 children and adolescents aged 6-17 years living in home-based foster care in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia with the HRQL of a random sample of 3,582 children aged 6-17 years living in the community in Australia.Method: In both groups, HRQL was assessed using the 50-item version of the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ-PF50) completed by caregivers/parents, and the 87-item self-report version of the Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ-CF87) completed by 13-17 year olds.Results: Young people in home-based foster care had significantly poorer HRQL in a wide range of different domains than those in the general community. Furthermore, among children in home-based foster care, those with mental health problems had significantly poorer HRQL in many domains than those without mental health problems. Demographic and placement characteristics of the children in home-based foster care were not significantly associated with differences in HRQL.Conclusion: The findings highlight the importance of providing services and resources to improve the quality of life of children living in home-based foster care.


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