Competency in Establishing Positive Relationships With Program Youth: The Impact of Organization and Youth Worker Characteristics.
Davidson, Laura. Evans, William P. Sicafuse, Lorie.
Child and Youth Services
Vol. 32, No. 4 , p. 336-354
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Frontline youth workers' ability to form strong, positive relationships with program youth is a key element in maximizing the benefits of program participation. A recent National Collaboration of Youth 2006 report identified six elements associated with youth workers' competency to complete their professional roles: compensation, training opportunities, supportive work environment, clear work roles, sense that work is valued, and networking opportunities. The current study investigated whether having these elements predicted 459 youth workers' self-reported job competency in forming positive relationships with youth. Regression analyses revealed that job efficacy, clarity of work roles, and benefits significantly predicted competency in forming strong relationships with program youth. Findings are discussed in relation to practice implications for the youth work field. (Author abstract)
Caseworkers; Youth engagement; Child welfare programs; Competency based training; Analysis of variance; Data analysis