Health Outcomes of Medically and Economically Vulnerable Adults: A Comparison of Former Foster Youth and Nonfoster Youth

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Abstract

Medically and economically vulnerable adults experience various challenges that can impact their health. Within this vulnerable population, there may be individuals who are even more vulnerable, those who have a history of involvement with the foster care system. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the difference of reported health-related problems between adults with previous foster care experience and other vulnerable adults. Physical, mental, and relational health was evaluated in this study. Practice and policy implications for mental health and medical professionals are discussed.

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