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ERIC Number: EJ888414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Peer Relations at School Entry: Sex Differences in the Outcomes of Foster Care
Leve, Leslie D.; Fisher, Philip A.; DeGarmo, David S.
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v53 n4 p557-577 Oct 2007
Converging evidence indicates that maltreated foster children have more behavior problems and poorer peer relations than nonmaltreated, biologically reared youths. However, it is unclear whether deficits in peer relations operate independently or as a result of increased behavior problems and whether outcomes for foster children differ by sex. To address these questions, multi-informant methods were used to assess peer relations at school entry among maltreated foster children and a comparison sample of low-income, nonmaltreated, biologically reared children (N = 121). Controlling for caregiver-reported behavior problems prior to school entry, results from a multigroup structural equation modeling analysis suggested significant relationships between foster care status and poor peer relations at school entry and between foster care status and level of behavior problems prior to school entry for girls only. These Sex x Foster Care Status interactions indicate that the unique needs of each sex should be addressed when intervening with maltreated foster children. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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