Short-term follow-up of children at risk: comparison of the quality of life of children removed from home and children remaining at home

Bilha Davidson-Arad, Dorit Segal-Engelchin, Yochanan Wozner

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To follow up the well-being of children at risk after a decision on their removal was made.

METHOD: Social workers assessed the quality of life (QOL) of three groups of children (n = 92): children they had decided to keep at home, children whom they had removed to alternative care, and children who remained at home despite the decision to remove them. This is a prospective study, in which assessments were made at two points of time: first when the workers began to consider whether or not to remove the child, and again 6 months later.

RESULTS: The findings show that even though the QOL of the children in the three groups was similarly low at the first measure, it differed in the second. The QOL of the children who were removed from home had improved, that of the children who remained at home in accord with the workers' decisions remained roughly the same, and that of the children for whom the decision to remove was not implemented declined.

CONCLUSION: The findings suggest that children at risk may fare better in terms of QOL in alternative placement than at home, and highlight the high price paid by children for whom a decision to remove them from home is not implemented. Further research, however, is required, taking into consideration the interventions and services that the children and their families received in the different settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)733-750
Number of pages18
JournalChild Abuse and Neglect
Volume27
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Africa, Northern
  • Child
  • Child Abuse/prevention & control
  • Child Custody
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Foster Home Care
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle East
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Work
  • Time Factors

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