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Youth Self-Report of Children in Children's Homes and Foster Families in Croatia

Marina Ajduković

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In this paper an analysis of problems and emotions of
children who live in children's homes and foster care as well
as their correlates is presented. The research was carried out
on 263 children who live in children's homes, 112 children
living in foster families and 200 children who live in their
own families. Behavioral problems were assessed by the
internationally recognized questionnaire Youth Self-Report by
T. M. Achenbach. The data have shown that there is no
statistically significant difference between children who live in
foster families and those who live in biological families, but
that the children who live in children's homes show more
behavioral and emotional problems in comparison with the
other two subgroups. In both samples of children that have
been removed from their families, the female sex is
significantly related with a higher level of internalized
problems in behavior and feelings (withdrawal, anxiety,
depression and somatic disorders). Changing different
residences after the removal from the family is also
significantly correlated with a higher level of internalized
difficulties. The level of internalized difficulties or externalized
problems is not significantly related to the index of stress
before removal from the family, but it is connected with
current daily stress, perceived poor social support, school
failure and poor adjustment. The data acquired here are in
support of the tendency of deinstitutionalization of child care
within the social system.


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