Effectiveness of a trauma-informed care psychoeducational program for foster carers - Evaluation of the Fostering Connections Program.


BACKGROUND:The need to improve the quality of foster care training has been highlighted and evidenced-based programs that aim to support foster carers in the care of children who have experienced trauma are warranted. OBJECTIVE:This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Fostering Connections program, a newly developed trauma-informed care program within the national child welfare agency in Ireland. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING:The study included 79 foster carers. The Fostering Connections group-based experiential intervention was delivered over a period of 6-weeks in a community-based setting to intervention group participants. METHODS:A quasi-experimental design was used to compare the results of the intervention group (n = 49), to a control group (n = 30,) who received usual care. Standardized assessment measures were used at baseline, 6-weeks on completion, 16 weeks and 15 months post-intervention. Foster carers' knowledge of trauma-informed fostering, tolerance of misbehavior and fostering efficacy, and children's emotional and behavioral difficulties were assessed. RESULTS:Significant improvements were found in foster carers' knowledge of trauma-informed fostering (p < 0.001), tolerance of child misbehavior (p = 0.007) and fostering efficacy (p < 0.001), with effect sizes ranging from medium to large and sustained over fifteen months (ES = 0.07-0.14). Significant improvement was also found in children's emotional and behavioral difficulties at fifteen months (p = 0.019), with a small effect size (ES = 0.05). CONCLUSION:Preliminary evidence suggests that Fostering Connections is potentially an effective intervention in increasing foster carer's capacity to provide children with trauma-informed care.


Child Abuse Negl


Child abuse & neglect


Lotty M,Dunn-Galvin A,Bantry-White E




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  • Which sexual abuse victims receive a forensic medical examination? The impact of Children's Advocacy Centers.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:This study examines the impact of Children's Advocacy Centers (CAC) and other factors, such as the child's age, alleged penetration, and injury on the use of forensic medical examinations as part of the response to reported child sexual abuse. METHODS:This analysis is part of a quasi-experimental study, the ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章,多中心研究


    authors: Walsh WA,Cross TP,Jones LM,Simone M,Kolko DJ

    更新日期:2007-10-01 00:00:00

  • Childhood emotional abuse and neglect as predictors of psychological and physical symptoms in women presenting to a primary care practice.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:There were two aims to this study: first to examine whether emotional abuse and neglect are significant predictors of psychological and somatic symptoms, and lifetime trauma exposure in women presenting to a primary care practice, and second to examine the strength of these relationships after controlling for...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Spertus IL,Yehuda R,Wong CM,Halligan S,Seremetis SV

    更新日期:2003-11-01 00:00:00

  • The maltreated adolescent: patterns of physical abuse.

    abstract::Although adolescents are severely and chronically physically abused, relatively little attention has been directed towards understanding this phenomenon. This study explored the family characteristics and the behavioral-emotional reactions of 77 adolescents who were physically maltreated. The youths were selected at a...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Farber ED,Joseph JA

    更新日期:1985-01-01 00:00:00

  • Gendered pathways from child sexual abuse to sexual aggression victimization and perpetration in adolescence and young adulthood.

    abstract::This study aimed to examine the pathways from child sexual abuse to sexual assault victimization and perpetration in adolescence and early adulthood, considering risky sexual behavior and lowered sexual self-esteem as mediator variables. In a two-wave longitudinal study with 2251 college students in Germany, male and ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Krahé B,Berger A

    更新日期:2017-01-01 00:00:00

  • Emotional reactivity, trauma-related distress, and suicidal ideation among adolescent inpatient survivors of sexual abuse.

    abstract::Adolescent psychiatric inpatients suffer high rates of childhood sexual abuse, trauma-related distress, and suicidality. This study evaluated the hypothesis that three domains of resiliency (i.e., Sense of Mastery, Sense of Relatedness, and Emotional Reactivity) would mediate the effect of trauma-related distress upon...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: DeCou CR,Lynch SM

    更新日期:2019-03-01 00:00:00

  • Recurrent concerns for child abuse: repeated consultations by a subspecialty child abuse team.

    abstract::Physically abused children may be repeatedly reported to child protection services and undergo multiple medical evaluations. Less is known about recurrent evaluations by hospital-based child abuse teams for possible abuse. The objectives of this study were to determine the frequency of repeated consultations by child ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章,多中心研究


    authors: Martindale J,Swenson A,Coffman J,Newton AW,Lindberg DM,ExSTRA Investigators.

    更新日期:2014-07-01 00:00:00

  • Trends of infanticides in northern Tunisia: A 40 years study (1977-2016).

    abstract:BACKGROUND:The Tunisian Penal Code defines infanticide as the murder committed by the mother on her child at birth or immediately after. There is a dearth of studies and official statistics on infanticide in the Arab region and North Africa. OBJECTIVE:to analyze the infanticide trends in northern Tunisia between 1977 ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Ben Khelil M,Boukthir I,Hmandi O,Zhioua M,Hamdoun M

    更新日期:2019-09-01 00:00:00

  • Criminal investigation of child sexual abuse: a comparison of cases referred to the prosecutor to those not referred.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The present study sought to identify characteristics of child sexual abuse cases which differentiate cases referred for criminal prosecution ("criminal-action") from those not referred ("dropped") by investigators. METHOD:The study sample consisted of 1043 children who completed a forensic interview for sexu...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Stroud DD,Martens SL,Barker J

    更新日期:2000-05-01 00:00:00

  • Fabricated or induced illness: From "Munchausen by proxy" to child and family-oriented action.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:In fabricated or induced illness (FII), a child is harmed due to caregiver(s) behaviour and actions, carried out to convince mainly doctors that the child's physical and/or psychological health is more impaired than in reality. Harm is caused directly by the caregivers(s) and also often inadvertently by doct...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Glaser D

    更新日期:2020-10-01 00:00:00

  • Childhood abuse and later parenting outcomes in two American Indian tribes.

    abstract:OBJECTIVES:To examine the relationship of childhood physical and sexual abuse with reported parenting satisfaction and parenting role impairment later in life among American Indians (AIs). METHODS:AIs from Southwest and Northern Plains tribes who participated in a large-scale community-based study (n=3,084) were asked...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Libby AM,Orton HD,Beals J,Buchwald D,Manson SM,AI-SUPERPFP Team.

    更新日期:2008-02-01 00:00:00

  • Screening for potential child maltreatment in parents of a newborn baby: The predictive validity of an Instrument for early identification of Parents At Risk for child Abuse and Neglect (IPARAN).

    abstract::For preventive purposes it is important to be able to identify families with a high risk of child maltreatment at an early stage. Therefore we developed an actuarial instrument for screening families with a newborn baby, the Instrument for identification of Parents At Risk for child Abuse and Neglect (IPARAN). The aim...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: van der Put CE,Bouwmeester-Landweer MBR,Landsmeer-Beker EA,Wit JM,Dekker FW,Kousemaker NPJ,Baartman HEM

    更新日期:2017-08-01 00:00:00

  • Institutional child abuse in Greece: some preliminary findings.

    abstract::A long-term study on child abuse and neglect in Greece is being carried out at the Institute of Child Health, Athens. A multidisciplinary team is investigating the nature of the problem in Greece, is trying a system of therapeutic intervention to families, is evaluating the adequacy of child protection as it is used i...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Agathonos H

    更新日期:1983-01-01 00:00:00

  • Child welfare outcomes for youth in care as a result of parental death or parental incarceration.

    abstract::Every day, in the United States, children are removed from their homes and placed into state supervised out-of-home care because of concerns around their safety. These children enter care as a result of child abuse, child neglect, abandonment or some other reasons. Lost in most discussions of out-of-home care is the r...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Shaw TV,Bright CL,Sharpe TL

    更新日期:2015-04-01 00:00:00

  • Agency notification and retrospective self-reports of childhood maltreatment in a 30-Year cohort: Estimating population prevalence from different data sources.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:There is little known about how two sources of child maltreatment reports correspond, specifically for emotional, physical, sexual abuse and emotional or physical neglect. OBJECTIVE:To compare agency and self-reports of child maltreatment and determine whether they are predicted by similar early life course...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Najman JM,Kisely S,Scott JG,Strathearn L,Clavarino A,Williams GM,Middeldorp C,Bernstein D

    更新日期:2020-11-01 00:00:00

  • Predictors of resilience in abused and neglected children grown-up: the role of individual and neighborhood characteristics.

    abstract:PURPOSE:This paper examines individual, family, and neighborhood level predictors of resilience in adolescence and young adulthood and describes changes in resilience over time from adolescence to young adulthood in abused and neglected children grown up. METHOD:We use documented cases of childhood physical and sexual...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: DuMont KA,Widom CS,Czaja SJ

    更新日期:2007-03-01 00:00:00

  • Racial disparities in child welfare in Ontario (Canada) and training on ethnocultural diversity: An innovative mixed-methods study.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Despite continuous reports showing the overrepresentation of Black children in the child welfare system in Ontario, Canada's most populous and ethnically diverse province, knowledge in the factors contributing to this issue remain scarce. OBJECTIVE:This study aimed to explore questions relating to caseworke...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Cénat JM,Noorishad PG,Czechowski K,McIntee SE,Mukunzi JN

    更新日期:2020-10-01 00:00:00

  • Rethinking research on sexual exploitation of boys: Methodological challenges and recommendations to optimize future knowledge generation.

    abstract::Research and policies on child and adolescent sexual exploitation frequently focus on the sexual exploitation of girls and fail to recognize the experiences of sexually exploited boys, including their potentially unique health care and social support needs. This oversight limits the ability of health care and social s...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Mitchell K,Moynihan M,Pitcher C,Francis A,English A,Saewyc E

    更新日期:2017-04-01 00:00:00

  • Area-socioeconomic disparities in mental health service use among children involved in the child welfare system.

    abstract::Relying on data from a nationally representative sample of youth involved in the child welfare system (CWS) in 1999-2000 (the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, Cohort 1) and 2008-2009 (Cohort 2), this study implemented a diverse set of disparity indicators to estimate area-socioeconomic disparities i...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章,多中心研究


    authors: Kim M,Garcia AR,Yang S,Jung N

    更新日期:2018-08-01 00:00:00

  • Patterns of childhood maltreatment and intimate partner violence, emotion dysregulation, and mental health symptoms among lesbian, gay, and bisexual emerging adults: A three-step latent class approach.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Childhood abuse and neglect (CAN) and intimate partner violence victimization (IPV) is prevalent among lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals (LGB). Identification of distinct patterns of childhood and adult victimization, including technology-mediated and face-to-face IPV, and their cumulative relations to ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Charak R,Villarreal L,Schmitz RM,Hirai M,Ford JD

    更新日期:2019-03-01 00:00:00

  • Adverse and adaptive childhood experiences are associated with parental reflective functioning in mothers with substance use disorder.

    abstract::Mothers with a substance use disorder (SUD) are at risk for maladaptive parenting practices, and have heightened likelihood of having experienced childhood adversity themselves. In addition, parental reflective functioning (PRF), a capacity underlying sensitive caregiving, is often low in mothers with SUD. This study ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Håkansson U,Watten R,Söderström K,Skårderud F,Øie MG

    更新日期:2018-07-01 00:00:00

  • On the origins of the battered child syndrome: abuse as acting out of preverbal events.

    abstract::The clinical description of a chronically acting out boy, now 14 years old, physically abused by parents and especially by mother, has been the starting point for presenting some concepts on the nature and prevention of child abuse. This patient's life history included repeated hospital admissions, beginning the secon...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Gaddini R

    更新日期:1984-01-01 00:00:00

  • Munchausen syndrome by proxy: unusual manifestations and disturbing sequelae.

    abstract::Since the initial description of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP) (Meadow, 1977), numerous cases have been reported varying from as simple as the complaint of a nonexistent symptom to those as complicated as altered laboratory tests leading to the false diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (Orenstein & Wasserman, 1986; Ros...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Porter GE,Heitsch GM,Miller MD

    更新日期:1994-09-01 00:00:00

  • Describing maltreatment: do child protective service reports and research definitions agree?

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The National Research Council identified inadequate research definitions for abuse and neglect as barriers to research in child maltreatment. We examine the concordance between child protective services (CPS) classifications of maltreatment type with the determinations of type from two research coding systems...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Runyan DK,Cox CE,Dubowitz H,Newton RR,Upadhyaya M,Kotch JB,Leeb RT,Everson MD,Knight ED

    更新日期:2005-05-01 00:00:00

  • The use of consumer injury registry data to evaluate physical abuse.

    abstract::Health care workers called upon to evaluate trauma in children must frequently decide if a given injury may have been intentionally inflicted. Some injuries are considered to be virtually diagnostic of abuse, but most are not at present readily associated with a particular type of intentional or nonintentional trauma....

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 临床试验,杂志文章,随机对照试验


    authors: Wissow LS,Wilson MH

    更新日期:1988-01-01 00:00:00

  • Can the actions of child welfare case managers predict case outcomes?

    abstract::This study examined the effect of efforts made by child welfare case managers to involve parents in case processes on two divergent case outcomes: reunification and the termination of parental rights (TPR). The sample was comprised of a cohort of children who received child protection services while in out-of-home car...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Yampolskaya S,Armstrong MI,Strozier A,Swanke J

    更新日期:2017-02-01 00:00:00

  • Evaluating the success of Sweden's corporal punishment ban.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:In 1979, Sweden became the first nation to explicitly prohibit all forms of corporal punishment of children by all caretakers in an effort to: (1) alter public attitudes toward this practice; (2) increase early identification of children at risk for abuse; and (3) promote earlier and more supportive intervent...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Durrant JE

    更新日期:1999-05-01 00:00:00

  • Family trauma and its association with emotional and behavioral problems and social adjustment in adolescent Cambodian refugees.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The main aim of this study was to investigate the effect of war-related trauma on the subsequent social adjustment and functioning of young Cambodian refugees. METHOD:This longitudinal study of 67 young Cambodian refugees in Montreal interviewed in the first year of high school and then 2 years later examine...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Rousseau C,Drapeau A,Platt R

    更新日期:1999-12-01 00:00:00

  • How domestically violent Fathers impact children's social-emotional development: Fathers' psychological functioning, parenting, and coparenting.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Most children exposed to father-perpetrated domestic violence (DV) continue to have contact or live with fathers, yet there is little research on the impact of fathering in the context of domestic violence. OBJECTIVE:This paper aimed to identify pathways from children's exposure to father-perpetrated DV to ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Thompson-Walsh C,Scott KL,Lishak V,Dyson A

    更新日期:2021-02-01 00:00:00

  • Long-term psychological adjustment to witnessing interparental physical conflict during childhood.

    abstract::A retrospective survey of undergraduate students was used to examine the long-term psychological impact of witnessing interparental physical aggression during childhood. Two hundred and three of 1,452 young adults surveyed (14%) reported witnessing as children at least one incident of physical aggression between their...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Henning K,Leitenberg H,Coffey P,Bennett T,Jankowski MK

    更新日期:1997-06-01 00:00:00

  • A comprehensive child sexual abuse treatment program.

    abstract::The number of families troubled by parent-child incest in the typical community is much larger than suspected by professional helpers. If left unattended, the victim(s) and the family as a whole will be critically traumatized. Parental incest in the nuclear family can be likened to terminal cancer in the individual. T...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Giarretto H

    更新日期:1982-01-01 00:00:00