Taxonomy of foster children in foster homes
Keywords:taxonomy, CBCL, foster care
There is a lack of a reliable, valid, and clinically useful classification system of behavior problems displayed by foster children in foster homes. The aim of this study was to develop and to initiate the validation of a classification system in order to categorize behavior problems of foster children. Child Behavior Checklists (CBCL, Achenbach, 1991) were gathered from 91 foster children in the Netherlands. A cluster analysis was performed on the eight CBCL narrow-band syndromes. Four groups were found: normal, aggressive-delinquent-social problems, attention-social problems, and withdrawn-social problems. These taxa corresponded well with Achenbach's general taxonomy. However, both taxonomies lacked predictive validity for foster care.