Lived Mental Health Experiences of African-American Adolescents in Foster Care

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155991
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Lived Mental Health Experiences of African-American Adolescents in Foster Care
Abstract:
Lived Mental Health Experiences of African-American Adolescents in Foster Care
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2008
Author:Scott, Ella M., PhD, RN, CNS-BC
P.I. Institution Name:Kent State University
Title:Research Scientist
[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] The purpose of this hermeneutic phenomenological study is to explore the lived mental health experiences of African American adolescents in foster care. African American adolescents are disproportionately represented among adolescents living in foster care. Compared with the general population of adolescents in and out of foster care, African American adolescents have significantly more mental health problems and manifest a greater range of mental disorders, causing serious problems for the child welfare system. The adolescents manifest appalling outcomes when transitioned from foster care. Yet, few studies of the mental health problems of African American adolescents have been undertaken. An adaptation of Leininger's Sunrise Model with a focus on Cultural and Social Structure Dimensions was used to guide this study. A semi-structured face-to-face interview was conducted with nine (n=9) African American adolescents in foster care 15-17 years of age, 3 females and 6 males. All the participants experienced multiple placements; the mean number of placements is 6.8. All but one of the participants have a diagnosed mental disorder. The findings suggest the mental health problems of all the participants are significant and are associated with the antecedent issues of their biological families. Their problems are exacerbated with the separation from their biological families to foster care. Three general themes emerge from the data: 1) Antecedents related to separation from biological families to foster care, 2) Consequences related to separation from biological families to foster care, and 3) Adverse perceptions of mental health diagnoses and treatments. Additional study and focus are needed to identify better interventions and support for adolescents when separation is deemed necessary and to determine alternate means of dealing with child abuse and neglect other than separation of children and adolescents from their biological families.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLived Mental Health Experiences of African-American Adolescents in Foster Careen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155991-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Lived Mental Health Experiences of African-American Adolescents in Foster Care</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2008</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Scott, Ella M., PhD, RN, CNS-BC</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Kent State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Research Scientist</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">ellascott@neo.rr.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] The purpose of this hermeneutic phenomenological study is to explore the lived mental health experiences of African American adolescents in foster care. African American adolescents are disproportionately represented among adolescents living in foster care. Compared with the general population of adolescents in and out of foster care, African American adolescents have significantly more mental health problems and manifest a greater range of mental disorders, causing serious problems for the child welfare system. The adolescents manifest appalling outcomes when transitioned from foster care. Yet, few studies of the mental health problems of African American adolescents have been undertaken. An adaptation of Leininger's Sunrise Model with a focus on Cultural and Social Structure Dimensions was used to guide this study. A semi-structured face-to-face interview was conducted with nine (n=9) African American adolescents in foster care 15-17 years of age, 3 females and 6 males. All the participants experienced multiple placements; the mean number of placements is 6.8. All but one of the participants have a diagnosed mental disorder. The findings suggest the mental health problems of all the participants are significant and are associated with the antecedent issues of their biological families. Their problems are exacerbated with the separation from their biological families to foster care. Three general themes emerge from the data: 1) Antecedents related to separation from biological families to foster care, 2) Consequences related to separation from biological families to foster care, and 3) Adverse perceptions of mental health diagnoses and treatments. Additional study and focus are needed to identify better interventions and support for adolescents when separation is deemed necessary and to determine alternate means of dealing with child abuse and neglect other than separation of children and adolescents from their biological families.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:21:00Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:21:00Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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