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Outpatient mental health services and foster children

Objective: The purpose of this secondary quantitative data analysis is to examine the negative impact of foster care on children's mental health. Method: The research is based on data taken from the 2010 N-MHSS. Data was analyzed using bivariate descriptive analysis of categorical variable A (facility offers therapeutic foster care) and continuous variable B (number of clients who received outpatient services ages 0-17). Results: In frequency analysis of variable A (facility offers therapeutic foster care), the categorical findings reflect that only 7.6% of facilities offer services to the target population. In descriptive analysis variable B (number of clients who received outpatient services ages 0-17), the average number of youth who received outpatient services is 623.00. The standard deviation is 931.25. Finally, correlation analysis shows the Pearson's Correlation Coefficient r = -0.138. Implications: Although further data collection and analysis will be required, clinicians, administrators, and child advocates can work together to begin providing the continued care this population deserves and will need for developmental success. Key Words: mental health, outpatient services, foster youth, N-MHSS, therapeutic foster care

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