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Research Article

A Comparison of the Wellbeing of Orphans and Abandoned Children Ages 6–12 in Institutional and Community-Based Care Settings in 5 Less Wealthy Nations

  • Kathryn Whetten mail,

    katewhetten@gmail.com

    Affiliations: Center for Health Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Jan Ostermann,

    Affiliation: Center for Health Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Rachel A. Whetten,

    Affiliation: Center for Health Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Brian W. Pence,

    Affiliations: Center for Health Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Karen O'Donnell,

    Affiliations: Center for Health Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Center for Child and Family Health, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Lynne C. Messer,

    Affiliation: Center for Health Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Nathan M. Thielman,

    Affiliations: Center for Health Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • The Positive Outcomes for Orphans (POFO) Research Team

    Membership of the The Positive Outcomes for Orphans (POFO) Research Team is provided in the Acknowledgments.

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  • Published: December 18, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008169

About the Authors

Kathryn Whetten, Jan Ostermann, Rachel A. Whetten, Brian W. Pence, Karen O'Donnell, Lynne C. Messer, Nathan M. Thielman
Center for Health Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America
Kathryn Whetten
Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America
Karen O'Donnell
Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America
Karen O'Donnell
Center for Child and Family Health, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America
Kathryn Whetten, Brian W. Pence
Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America
Nathan M. Thielman
Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: katewhetten@gmail.com

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: KW JO RW KJO BWP NMT. Performed the experiments: KW JO RW KJO BWP NMT. Analyzed the data: KW JO BWP LCM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: KW. Wrote the paper: KW JO RW KJO BWP NMT.