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Macdonald, Geraldine and Turner, William [The Cochrane Library] . (2008) Treatment Foster Care for improving outcomes in children and young people. London: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (1) Art. No.: CD005649. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005649.pub

URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1465185...

Background: Treatment foster care (TFC) is a foster family-based intervention that aims to provide young people (and, where appropriate, their families) with a tailored programme designed to effect positive changes in their lives. TFC was designed specifically to cater for the needs of children whose difficulties or circumstances place them at risk of multiple placements and/or more restrictive placements such as hospital or secure residential or youth justice settings.

Objectives: To assess the impact of TFC on psychosocial and behavioural outcomes, delinquency, placement stability, and discharge status for children and adolescents who require out-of-home placement.

Conclusion: Although the inclusion criteria for this systematic review set a study design threshold higher than that of previous reviews, the results mirror those of earlier reviews but also highlights the tendency of the perceived effectiveness of popular interventions to outstrip their evidence base. Whilst the results of individual studies generally indicate that TFC is a promising intervention for children and youth experiencing mental health problems, behavioural problems or problems of delinquency, the evidence base is less robust than that usually reported.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:Rehabilitation/Recovery, AOD disorder harm reduction, Psychosocial treatment method
Source:The Cochrane Library
Date:2008
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Place of Publication:London
Number:1
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Criminality > Youth (juvenile) offending
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role > Role of child
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use > Substance related family problems
T Demographic characteristics > Child
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family structure > Family support
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family environment > Family background
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)

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