Foster Children: Characteristics,
Personalities and Problems
|•||to describe–much of this information has not been provided before on a large sample of foster children in England|
|•||to explore the associations between our variables–this may suggest causal chains and also allow simplification as variables which are closely associated can be combined or used as proxies for each other|
|•||to identify variables which are associated with good or poor outcome.|
In terms of method we look first at the associations between the variables and outcome. We then examine whether they remain significant if we take account of age. Finally, we try to build a more complex, multi-variate model predicting outcomes on the basis of all the key variables explored in the chapter.