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Table 1 Characteristics of foster children with both DAWBA and municipal care history information (n = 219)

From: Mental disorders in foster children: a study of prevalence, comorbidity and risk factors

  % Mean SD
Age (years)   8.97 2.04
Female gender 47.0   
Former placements   0.90 0.85
0 32.0   
1 52.2   
2 12.5   
3-5 3.1   
Age at first placement   3.74 2.98
0–6 months 16.0   
7 months–2 years 26.0   
3–5 years 28.8   
6–12 years 29.2   
Years in current foster home   5.08 3.06
0-2 23.5   
3-5 25.3   
6-7 25.3   
8-12 25.8   
Number of adverse childhood experiences1   3.00 1.60
Violence exposure (range 0–4)2   0.71 1.14
0 64.1   
1-2 26.2   
3-4 9.7   
Serious neglect 86.3   
Parent`s drug/alcohol abuse 55.3   
Parent`s mental disorder 52.3   
Parent`s mental disability 9.6   
  1. 1Experiences in family of origin; 2Violence exposure = the sum of witnessing domestic violence; exposure to physical violence; exposure to emotional abuse; witnessing emotional abuse.