Mental Health Treatment Experiences and Expectations in Foster Care: A Qualitative Investigation.
Jee, Sandra H. Conn, Anne-Marie. Toth, Sheree. Szilagyi, Moira A. Chin, Nancy P.
Published: November-December 2014
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Vol. 8, No. 5 , p. 539-559
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This study explores perspectives on mental health treatment experiences and expectations for youth in foster care and their foster parents. In-depth interviews were conducted and identified for major themes: (1) the dual stigma of foster care and mental health care; (2) the lack of engagement in mental health therapy; (3) trust issues with the therapist and other individuals; and (4) the desire to integrate mental health services with primary care services. These results have implications for mental health service delivery and suggest opportunities to improve mental health treatment through an integrated care approach. (Author abstract)
foster children; mental health services; societal attitudes; family engagement; service integration