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Mental health of infants in foster care
  1. Rachel Pritchett1,
  2. William McKinnon2,
  3. Christopher Gillberg3,
  4. Helen Minnis1
  1. 1University of Glasgow, Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
  3. 3University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Rachel Pritchett, University of Glasgow, Caledonia House, Yorkhill Hospital, Dalnair Street, Glasgow G3 8SJ, UK; Rachel.pritchett{at}glasgow.ac.uk

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It is now well established that children in foster care are at increased risks of experiencing mental health problems, for example, Ford et al1 described findings from 1453 looked after and accommodated children in a sample of over 10 000 children aged 5–15 years and found that 46.4% of the accommodated children received a diagnosis compared with 8.5% of the general population. Our team2 conducted a systematic review examining the way child characteristics affected child outcomes from care and found that, of the studies which found an effect of age on outcome, three-quarters found more positive outcomes, in terms of finding a permanent placement, for children who entered care at …

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