Risk profiles of children entering residential care

A cluster analysis

Jessica L. Hagaman, Alexandra L Torkelson-Trout, M. Beth Chmelka, Ronald W. Thompson, Robert Reid

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

15 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Children in residential care are a heterogeneous population, presenting various combinations of risks. Existing studies on these children suggest high variability across multiple domains (e.g., academics, behavior). Given this heterogeneity, it is important to begin to identify the combinations and patterns of multiple risks, or risk profiles, these children present. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the academic and behavioral risk profiles of children entering residential care. Cluster analysis procedures using academic and behavior variables revealed three distinct profiles of children: Group 1: Average Janes, characterized by average academic skills, no behavior problems, and some demographic risks; Group 2: Academic Risks, characterized by low academics and increased rule-breaking behavior; and finally Group 3: Behavioral Risks, characterized by average academics and elevated behaviors. These preliminary finding are discussed along with limitations, directions for future research, and implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-535
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Fingerprint

cluster analysis
Cluster Analysis
analysis procedure
Group
Demography
Population

Keywords

  • Cluster analysis
  • Out-of-home care
  • Residential care
  • Risk factors
  • Risk profiles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

Cite this

Risk profiles of children entering residential care : A cluster analysis. / Hagaman, Jessica L.; Torkelson-Trout, Alexandra L; Chmelka, M. Beth; Thompson, Ronald W.; Reid, Robert.

In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 19, No. 4, 01.01.2010, p. 525-535.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hagaman, Jessica L. ; Torkelson-Trout, Alexandra L ; Chmelka, M. Beth ; Thompson, Ronald W. ; Reid, Robert. / Risk profiles of children entering residential care : A cluster analysis. In: Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2010 ; Vol. 19, No. 4. pp. 525-535.
@article{fc2dbe93817f43e1a67d7bfd9acef57e,
title = "Risk profiles of children entering residential care: A cluster analysis",
abstract = "Children in residential care are a heterogeneous population, presenting various combinations of risks. Existing studies on these children suggest high variability across multiple domains (e.g., academics, behavior). Given this heterogeneity, it is important to begin to identify the combinations and patterns of multiple risks, or risk profiles, these children present. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the academic and behavioral risk profiles of children entering residential care. Cluster analysis procedures using academic and behavior variables revealed three distinct profiles of children: Group 1: Average Janes, characterized by average academic skills, no behavior problems, and some demographic risks; Group 2: Academic Risks, characterized by low academics and increased rule-breaking behavior; and finally Group 3: Behavioral Risks, characterized by average academics and elevated behaviors. These preliminary finding are discussed along with limitations, directions for future research, and implications.",
keywords = "Cluster analysis, Out-of-home care, Residential care, Risk factors, Risk profiles",
author = "Hagaman, {Jessica L.} and Torkelson-Trout, {Alexandra L} and Chmelka, {M. Beth} and Thompson, {Ronald W.} and Robert Reid",
year = "2010",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1007/s10826-009-9325-3",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "19",
pages = "525--535",
journal = "Journal of Child and Family Studies",
issn = "1062-1024",
publisher = "Springer New York",
number = "4",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Risk profiles of children entering residential care

T2 - A cluster analysis

AU - Hagaman, Jessica L.

AU - Torkelson-Trout, Alexandra L

AU - Chmelka, M. Beth

AU - Thompson, Ronald W.

AU - Reid, Robert

PY - 2010/1/1

Y1 - 2010/1/1

N2 - Children in residential care are a heterogeneous population, presenting various combinations of risks. Existing studies on these children suggest high variability across multiple domains (e.g., academics, behavior). Given this heterogeneity, it is important to begin to identify the combinations and patterns of multiple risks, or risk profiles, these children present. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the academic and behavioral risk profiles of children entering residential care. Cluster analysis procedures using academic and behavior variables revealed three distinct profiles of children: Group 1: Average Janes, characterized by average academic skills, no behavior problems, and some demographic risks; Group 2: Academic Risks, characterized by low academics and increased rule-breaking behavior; and finally Group 3: Behavioral Risks, characterized by average academics and elevated behaviors. These preliminary finding are discussed along with limitations, directions for future research, and implications.

AB - Children in residential care are a heterogeneous population, presenting various combinations of risks. Existing studies on these children suggest high variability across multiple domains (e.g., academics, behavior). Given this heterogeneity, it is important to begin to identify the combinations and patterns of multiple risks, or risk profiles, these children present. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the academic and behavioral risk profiles of children entering residential care. Cluster analysis procedures using academic and behavior variables revealed three distinct profiles of children: Group 1: Average Janes, characterized by average academic skills, no behavior problems, and some demographic risks; Group 2: Academic Risks, characterized by low academics and increased rule-breaking behavior; and finally Group 3: Behavioral Risks, characterized by average academics and elevated behaviors. These preliminary finding are discussed along with limitations, directions for future research, and implications.

KW - Cluster analysis

KW - Out-of-home care

KW - Residential care

KW - Risk factors

KW - Risk profiles

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=77954314889&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=77954314889&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s10826-009-9325-3

DO - 10.1007/s10826-009-9325-3

M3 - Article

VL - 19

SP - 525

EP - 535

JO - Journal of Child and Family Studies

JF - Journal of Child and Family Studies

SN - 1062-1024

IS - 4

ER -