Assessment of problem behaviour by foster parents and their foster children

Johan Strijker*, Simon van Oijen, Jana Knot-Dickscheit

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This study investigates the level of agreement between foster parents and foster children about problem behaviour and how this is associated with the breakdown of a foster care placement. The study took a sample of foster parents and their foster children (n = 60), who were aged 11-17 years, and analysed the severity of problem behaviour displayed by the foster children within 3 months of placement in the foster family and a year and a half later. The level of agreement was established with the intra-class correlation coefficient, which represents both the differences in scores and the differences in ranking. This coefficient shows that there is a statistically significant difference in the level of agreement on the Internalizing Problems scale of the Child Behaviour Checklist between the placements that broke down and those that continued. The level of agreement is associated with the severity score, which in turn is associated with the outcome of the foster care placement. To avoid placement breakdown, problem behaviour should also be assessed from the perspective of the foster child.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-100
Number of pages8
JournalChild & family social work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2011


  • assessment
  • breakdown
  • CBCL
  • foster care
  • problem behaviour
  • YSR
  • CARE

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