Knowledge of and Attitudes Towards Behavioral Health Services Among Older Youth in the Foster Care System

Michelle R. Munson, Sarah Carter Narendorf, J. Curtis McMillen

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Abstract

This study examined knowledge of and attitudes toward services among 268 17-year olds with psychiatric diagnoses preparing to exit foster care. A structured interview assessed knowledge of services with vignette scenarios and attitudes with a standardized scale. Descriptive statistics described the extent of knowledge and attitudes among this population and regression analyses examined predictors of these dimensions of literacy. Most youth suggested a help source, but responses often lacked specificity. Gender and depression were the strongest predictors of knowledge and attitudes, respectively. Knowing which aspects of literacy are low, and for whom, can inform education efforts to improve access to care in adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-112
Number of pages16
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Foster care
  • Knowledge
  • Older youth
  • Services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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