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June 2, 2008

Kinship Care and Lessened Child Behavior Problems: Possible Meanings and Implications

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(6):586-587. doi:10.1001/archpedi.162.6.586

During the past 20 years, placement with relatives has become the preferred and most common type of foster care for children who have relatives able to assume their care. The study by Rubin et al1 is one of the best ever performed on the outcomes of kinship care. Many background factors that could otherwise explain the lower rate of problem behavior for children in kinship care vs children in nonkinship care were controlled for with uncommon statistical sophistication.

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