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Rebecca Rebbe & Paula Nurius Examine Health Risks of Former Youth in Foster Care

Posted: 5/14/2018 (CSDE Research)

What is the relationship between former youth in foster care and divergent health trajectories? CSDE trainee Rebecca Rebbe, a social welfare doctoral student at the School of Social Work, Affiliate Paula Nurius, Professor at the School of Social Work, and co-authors Mark Courtney, Professor at University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and Kym Aherns of Seattle Children’s Hospital & Research Institute examined this question in a recent paper published in Academic Pediatrics. 

The research team collected data from longitudinal research following transition-age youth in foster care between the ages of 17 to 26. Their findings strongly suggest the need for strategies that screen for relationships between adverse childhood experiences and chronic health conditions. You can read the full paper below.

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