Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Service Use for Older Foster Youth and Foster Care Alumni.
San Diego State University, San Diego, California.
Published: October 2017
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Vol. 34, No. 6 , p. 419-429
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Studies have shown that foster care alumni have disproportionally high rates of poor mental health outcomes compared to the general population. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in mental health service use for Latino, African American, and White youth while in foster care and upon exit from the foster care system. Secondary data were used to identify youth 1 year prior to exiting the foster care system (N?=?934) and 1 year after exit from the foster care system (N?=?433). Racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service use upon exit from the foster care system were found, with Latino youth using the least amount of services after foster care exit. Racial/ethnic service disparities in type of services used were also found. Findings suggest that a lack of support (e.g., mandatory or voluntary) may be significant in overcoming challenges in the continuation or disruption of services. (Author abstract)
racial factors; Racial factors; mental health services; use studies; foster adolescents; foster care alumni; Hispanics; barriers