Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 261-283

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Race–gender Differences in Risk and Protective Factors among Youth in Residential Group Homes

  • Robert W. StrackAffiliated withDepartment of Public Health Education, University of North Carolina Greensboro Email author 
  • , Karyn Kai AndersonAffiliated withDivision of State Program Research, Research and Evaluation Group, Office of Research, Development and Information, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • , Camelia M. GrahamAffiliated withDepartment of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center for Surveillance and Epidemiology, Maryland AIDS Administration
  • , Naomi TomoyasuAffiliated withDepartment of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland AIDS Administration

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Analysis reported here examined youth in residential group home placements in order to better understand how sexual behaviors, drug use, and environmental experiences differ by race and gender subgroups. Data were collected from 336 youth aged 14–21 residing in one of 41 group homes in Maryland. Chi square and logistic regression analyses were done to determine differences on study variables among the race-gender groupings. Results demonstrate not only significant health concerns overall but notable differences were also found between race-gender subgroups. Findings suggest that found race-gender subgroup differences might be informative for tailoring programming for youth of residential group home settings.


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