Adjustment Differences in Teenage Children: Foster Care Versus Group Homes.
Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers. Paper 406.
Ward, Torrie Katya.
St. Catherine University.
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Published: May 2014
The number of adolescents who are in the social welfare system is growing yearly due to a variety of family circumstances such as inadequate care for the adolescents, physical or mental abuse, and drug use or charges of some type. The purpose of this study was to explore the adjustment differences with adolescents who have been placed in foster care versus group homes. Using the qualitative design, six social work volunteers were interviewed regarding their general knowledge about the struggles of teenagers in foster care or group homes. Data were analyzed using both inductive and deductive approaches in which categories were first developed from the interview responses and then were linked to literature review. The findings indicate that out of foster care and group homes, therapeutic foster care is the most cost effective placement for teens. Group homes were found to have stricter rules and more expensive than foster care placement. In the foster care and group home settings, adolescence had a harder time adjusting to structure/rules. They also had a harder time accepting support by pushing away from the caregivers. With set rules/guidelines, support from foster from foster families or group homes therapist along with staff, made it easier for the adolescence to adjust knowing the rules and boundaries. If these teens did not revive any emotional support from their settings or have hope for a better future, they can end up in multiple placements. (Author abstract)
adolescents; group homes; foster adolescents; foster care; emotional adjustment; adjustment problems; treatment foster care; studies