Factors associated with chronic conditions among children in foster care

Sandra H. Jee*, Richard P. Barth, Moira A. Szilagyi, Peter G. Szilagyi, Masahiko Aida, Matthew M. Davis

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The population of children in foster care is rapidly growing. Previous local and state-level analyses have measured the prevalence of chronic conditions among such children to be from 44%-82%. The study objective was to identify factors associated with chronic conditions among a nationally representative sample of children in foster care for one year. The authors analyzed data from The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), Wave 1, the first national dataset of children in the child welfare system. In regression analysis, factors significantly associated with having a chronic condition included: child age under 2 years, caregiver race/ethnicity other than Hispanic, and relatively few household members. Discussion includes consideration of chronic conditions in this high-risk population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-341
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Children
  • Chronic conditions
  • Foster care
  • Well being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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