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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  • Depression and anger as risk factors underlying the relationship between maternal substance involvement and child abuse potential.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:This study examines how emotion regulation deficits in the area of anger arousal and reactivity are associated with child abuse potential in mothers with substance use and depressive disorders in order to identify targeted areas for prevention and treatment. METHODS:A sample of 152 urban mothers was intervie...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Hien D,Cohen LR,Caldeira NA,Flom P,Wasserman G

    更新日期:2010-02-01 00:00:00

  • A meta-analytic investigation of group treatment outcomes for sexually abused children.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:A meta-analytic review of outcome studies of group treatment for sexually abused children and adolescents was conducted to establish a quantitative measure of group treatment effectiveness for this population. METHOD:The psychological literature was searched for studies which met the following criteria: The ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章,meta分析


    authors: Reeker J,Ensing D,Elliott R

    更新日期:1997-07-01 00:00:00

  • Sexual abuse in a national survey of adult men and women: prevalence, characteristics, and risk factors.

    abstract::This paper reports on the first national survey of adults concerning a history of childhood sexual abuse. Victimization was reported by 27% of the women and 16% of the men. Higher rates of abuse were found among men who grew up in unhappy families, lived for some period with only their mothers, who were currently resi...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Finkelhor D,Hotaling G,Lewis IA,Smith C

    更新日期:1990-01-01 00:00:00

  • Interplay between childhood maltreatment, parental bonding, and gender effects: impact on quality of life.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The aim of this study was to examine associations between childhood adversity, parental bonding, gender, depressive symptoms, and quality of life in non-treatment-seeking adults from the community. METHOD:Effects of differential parental rearing were compared in adults who reported a high degree of childhood...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Rikhye K,Tyrka AR,Kelly MM,Gagne GG Jr,Mello AF,Mello MF,Price LH,Carpenter LL

    更新日期:2008-01-01 00:00:00

  • The prevalence of child sexual abuse in Finland.

    abstract::The prevalence and context of child sexual abuse was surveyed in Finland. A random sample of 409 comprehensive school classes with about 9,000 15-year-olds were asked to anonymously fill out questionnaires. The majority (93%) filled the questionnaires out in the privacy of the school nurse's office, the rest in their ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Sariola H,Uutela A

    更新日期:1994-10-01 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

  • Outcome of therapy for sexually abused children: a repeated measures study.

    abstract::The outcome of abuse-focused treatment was examined in a sample of 105 sexually abused children, 71 of whom completed 3 months of treatment or longer. Symptom change was measured with the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC; Briere, in press) and the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI; Kovacs, 1983, 1992), a...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Lanktree CB,Briere J

    更新日期:1995-09-01 00:00:00

  • Childhood adversity and cognitive functioning in patients with major depression.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Major depression is often accompanied by deficits in cognitive functioning and lowered executive functions. However, not all depressed patients show impairments in these domains. The aim of this study was to examine whether different kinds of childhood adversity might account for cognitive deficits in patient...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Dannehl K,Rief W,Euteneuer F

    更新日期:2017-08-01 00:00:00

  • Investigating geographic variation in use of psychotropic medications among youth in child welfare.

    abstract:OBJECTIVES:Public Law (P.L.) 110-351, the "Fostering Connections to Success Act," calls for state child welfare agencies to partner with Medicaid and pediatric experts to provide planning and oversight regarding the provision of health and mental health services, including medication, to children in state custody. Rece...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


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    更新日期:2011-05-01 00:00:00

  • Parental responses to infant crying: the influence of child physical abuse risk and hostile priming.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Managing a crying infant is a challenge universally faced by new parents. This study examined whether parental interpretations, feelings, and behaviors following exposure to a 2-minute videotaped segment of a crying infant varied as a function of child physical abuse (CPA) risk and exposure to cues of hostili...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Crouch JL,Skowronski JJ,Milner JS,Harris B

    更新日期:2008-07-01 00:00:00

  • The prevalence of child sexual abuse victimization in an adult sample of Texas residents.

    abstract::Attempts to identify characteristics of children who have been sexually abused have generally been based on cases reported to clinics, hospitals, law enforcement and social service agencies. In this study a questionnaire was mailed to a representative sample of the adult population in Texas. Child sexual abuse was def...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Kercher GA,McShane M

    更新日期:1984-01-01 00:00:00

  • An ecological model of child maltreatment in a Canadian province.

    abstract::The rate at which children are maltreated is one of the most sensitive measures of demographic, social, and economic conditions. Although the consequences of maltreatment and the effectiveness of treatment programs in reducing the incidence have been extensively studied, little attention has been given to identifying ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Krishnan V,Morrison KB

    更新日期:1995-01-01 00:00:00

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    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The aim of this study was to examine the differential effects of multi-types of maltreatment in an adolescent sample. Different combinations of maltreatment (emotional, sexual, physical, neglect) were examined in relation to both negative affect and externalizing symptoms in male and female youth. METHOD:One...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


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    更新日期:2007-04-01 00:00:00

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    abstract::This paper reports on meta-analyses of the relations of child sexual abuse to adult psychological adjustment. Results indicated statistically significant relationships between the experience of child sexual abuse and subsequent difficulties in psychological adjustment as measured by psychological symptomatology, depre...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章,meta分析


    authors: Jumper SA

    更新日期:1995-06-01 00:00:00

  • Safeguarding child rights and enhancing caregiver responsibilities among Canadian parents of youth who sexually offend.

    abstract::Research on youth sexual offending has focused primarily on its prevalence. However, recent efforts have begun to consider the collateral consequences for the relatives of offending youth, although little has been done in this regard toward exploring caregiver accountability. This study presents qualitative data on pa...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


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    更新日期:2018-02-01 00:00:00

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    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The study's objective was to examine the relationship of polygraph findings to other indices of likelihood of sexual abuse and to case decisions by prosecutors, child protection workers, and professional evaluators. METHOD:This is an exploratory study of 42 cases with sexual abuse allegations and polygraph r...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Faller KC

    更新日期:1997-10-01 00:00:00

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    abstract::This study evaluated a school-based child sexual abuse prevention program which consisted of separate 2-hour workshops for children, parents, and teachers. Questionnaires concerning the children's knowledge about sexual abuse prevention and level of emotional distress were developed and administered to 88 children, ag...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Binder RL,McNiel DE

    更新日期:1987-01-01 00:00:00

  • Predicting abuse-prone parental attitudes and discipline practices in a nationally representative sample.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:According to sociological and ecological models of abuse, typically nonabusive parents could behave abusively towards their children under certain circumstances. The purpose of this study was to examine factors that place parents at risk of abusing their children by predicting parents' use of discipline pract...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Jackson S,Thompson RA,Christiansen EH,Colman RA,Wyatt J,Buckendahl CW,Wilcox BL,Peterson R

    更新日期:1999-01-01 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

  • Is child sexual abuse declining? Evidence from a population-based survey of men and women in Australia.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:Substantiated cases of child sexual abuse (CSA) in the United States have declined significantly over the past decade. This may, or may not, reflect change in the underlying rate in the general population. This study examines age-cohort differences in the prevalence of self-reported CSA experiences of men and...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Dunne MP,Purdie DM,Cook MD,Boyle FM,Najman JM

    更新日期:2003-02-01 00:00:00

  • Preschoolers' disclosures of child sexual abuse: Examining corroborated cases from Swedish courts.

    abstract::Young victims of child sexual abuse can - for a range of developmental, motivational and contextual reasons - have difficulties disclosing their experiences. In the present study, corroborated court cases concerning 57 preschoolers' disclosures of sexual abuse were examined using qualitative and quantitative methodolo...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


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    更新日期:2017-08-01 00:00:00

  • Developmental issues in young children's learning of sexual abuse prevention concepts.

    abstract::This research is an item analysis of a measure of knowledge of sexual abuse prevention concepts, the Children's Knowledge of Abuse Questionnaire (C.K.A.Q.), which was utilized in an evaluation of an elementary school program. The literature review highlights developmental theories that distinguish between children in ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Tutty LM

    更新日期:1994-02-01 00:00:00

  • Skeletal surveys in young, injured children: A systematic review.

    abstract::Skeletal surveys (SSs) have been identified as a key component of the evaluation for suspected abuse in young children, but variability in SS utilization has been reported. Thus, we aimed to describe the utilization patterns, yield, and risks of obtaining SS in young children through a systematic literature review. We...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章,meta分析


    authors: Paine CW,Wood JN

    更新日期:2018-02-01 00:00:00

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    abstract::This research examined cognitive coping strategies associated with resilience in a nonclinical sample of child sexual abuse (CSA) survivors. In Study 1, 180 college women completed surveys assessing self-enhancing cognitive distortions of reality, known as positive illusions, and CSA history. CSA survivors and nonvict...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Himelein MJ,McElrath JA

    更新日期:1996-08-01 00:00:00

  • The sexual abuse of Afro-American and white-American women in childhood.

    abstract::This study examined the prevalence of child sexual abuse in a multi-stage stratified probability sample of Afro-American and white-American women, 18 to 36 years of age, in Los Angeles County. The sample ranged in demographic characteristics by age, marital status, education and the presence of children. Of the total ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Wyatt GE

    更新日期:1985-01-01 00:00:00

  • Substance-exposed newborn infants and public health law: Differences in addressing the legal mandate to report.

    abstract::Prenatal exposure to illicit substances is a finding that typically requires reporting to a child protective services agency. We examine whether there is differential reporting to two public agencies, and whether it varies by race/ethnicity and region. We also study predictors of indicating a maltreatment report as cr...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Hoerr JJ,Heard AM,Baker MM,Fogel J,Glassgow AE,Kling WC,Clark MD,Ronayne JP

    更新日期:2018-07-01 00:00:00

  • Intervention on behalf of children exposed to intimate partner violence: assessment of support in a diverse community-based sample.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The aim of this study is to assess community-based support for intervening on behalf of children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) and to determine what contextual and respondent characteristics are associated with that support. METHOD:An experimental vignette design was used in a random-digit-dial ...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Taylor CA,Sorenson SB

    更新日期:2007-11-01 00:00:00

  • The global challenge of the neglect of children.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:The neglect of children is a serious global problem. The 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was a major international achievement spurring national efforts to prevent and address neglect. However, the scope of neglect worldwide and progress in addressing it remain unclear. OBJEC...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Kobulsky JM,Dubowitz H,Xu Y

    更新日期:2020-12-01 00:00:00

  • Psychological disturbance and child sexual abuse: a follow-up study.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The aim of this prospective study was to identify risk factors for the development of psychological disturbance in sexually abused children, enabling recognition of the need for appropriate psychological intervention and provision. METHOD:A city-wide study of children aged 16 or under was carried out, with a...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Calam R,Horne L,Glasgow D,Cox A

    更新日期:1998-09-01 00:00:00

  • Sexual abuse of children in day care centers.

    abstract::Sexual abuse of children in day care center settings has received considerable attention in the past decade. The nature and extent of allegations of sexual abuse in day care poses unique challenges to clinicians. Cases of sexual abuse in day care typically involve multiple victims and multiple perpetrators, and use of...

    journal_title:Child abuse & neglect

    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Kelley SJ,Brant R,Waterman J

    更新日期:1993-01-01 00:00:00