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Minerva Psichiatrica 2019 March;60(1):12-6

DOI: 10.23736/S0391-1772.18.01981-7

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

The risk for mental and developmental health problems in children living in alternative care

Pietro FERRARA 1, 2 , Francesca IANNIELLO 1, Annalisa GAZZELLONE 1, Roberta AUTUORI 2, Valeria BLASI 3, Angelo PENNELLA 4

1 Institute of Pediatrics, Catholic University Medical School, Rome, Italy; 2 Unit of Pediatrics, Campus Bio-Medico University Medical School, Rome, Italy; 3 Unit of Clinical Nutrition, University Policlinic A. Gemelli IRCCS Foundation, Rome, Italy; 4 School in Psychology of Health, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy



BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the distress, behavior and developmental health problems of children living in alternative care.
METHODS: The data were collected through a questionnaire between May and November 2017. The communities involved in this study were 169, from all Italian Regions, and hosted 1621 children.
RESULTS: Children living in alternative care can manifest their distress in multiple ways. The respondents report the presence of aggressive behavior in about 27% of children, especially verbal aggression, followed by vandalism and physical aggression.
CONCLUSIONS: Children in alternative care placements may be particularly vulnerable at risk for mental and developmental health problems, which may impact long-term outcome if untreated or ineffectively treated.


KEY WORDS: Group homes - Child - Child development disorders, pervasive

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