Date of this Version
Nebraska College Preparatory Academy Senior Capstone Project, Spring 2022 https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/ncpacapstone/
In the United States 60% of children who have been in the foster care system are seen to have a lifetime prevalence of mental health disorders. As adolescents go into adulthood, they experience many negative effects that lead to life changing disorders. Some of them being PTSD, bipolar disorder, suicidality, and depression. Some factors that affect mental health outcomes are placement variables and the types of abuse that were endured during their childhood. Self-stigma prevents foster youth from receiving adequate help, because they are worried about what others might say. The lack of resources given by the foster care system is the top factor as to the continuing psychological disorders on foster youth.