Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chair, Department of Psychology

First Advisor

Susan Panichelli Mindel, PhD, Chairperson

Second Advisor

Stephen Poteau, PhD

Third Advisor

Angela Clarke, PhD


This study examined symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and treatment attendance rates amongst a sample of children and adolescents who engaged in treatment for PTSD. The purpose was to determine if there was a difference in the level of PTSD symptoms or the number of sessions attended between those children living in foster care and those living with their primary non-foster caregiver(s). In addition, the treatment attendance rates of foster care children were examined to determine if there was a relationship between the level of the PTSD symptoms and the child’s treatment attendance rates. Results revealed that there was no significant difference in the specific domains or total posttraumatic symptomology between children living in foster care and children living in the non-foster caregiver setting. Furthermore, there was no significant difference in treatment attendance between the two groups and no significant relationship between treatment attendance amongst foster care children and their PTSD symptoms at 6 months after they began treatment. Limitations and implications are discussed.