Child and Youth Care Forum

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 261–268 | Cite as

How do sibling placements differ from placements of individual children?

  • Frits Boer
  • P. Michiel Westenberg
  • Marianne M. J. van Ooyen-Houben


A secondary analysis of 140 consecutive out-of-home placements of children up to eleven years of age in the Netherlands taking into account their sibling status showed that children placed singly, with other siblings at home, differ from children placed together with siblings in their background characteristics. Children placed individually more often have severe personal problems, while children placed together with siblings frequently come from families with one or two parents going through a crisis. Researchers of sibling placement have to be aware of a possible effect of pre-selection, when comparing individually placed children with children placed in care jointly.


School Psychology Secondary Analysis Background Characteristic Individual Child Personal Problem 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frits Boer
    • 1
  • P. Michiel Westenberg
    • 1
  • Marianne M. J. van Ooyen-Houben
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Dutch Institute for Alcohol and DrugsUtrecht

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