Educational Status of Children Who Are Receiving Services in an Urban Family Preservation and Reunification Setting

Michael H. Epstein, Madhavi Jayanthi, Karl Dennis, Kathy L. Dennis, Ron Hardy, Vivian Fueyo, Erin Frankenberry, Janet Mckelvey

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In recent years, the number of children placed in child welfare programs has substantially increased. The familial, social, and mental health needs of this child population has been well documented. However, their educational status and needs have received less attention. This study examines the educational performance of children who are receiving services from an urban child care service agency, with an emphasis on family preservation and reunification. The participants for the study were 56 children (30 boys; 26 girls), ranging from first to eighth grade or between ages 6 and 15. Information on the educational performance of the participants was collected using the Educational Status Form, a 24-item questionnaire. Data included educational performance, attendance pattern, and family status. No relationships were reported between school performance and family status. The results of the study, limitations, future research needs, and the need for early intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-169
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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