The association between perception of relationship with caregivers and behaviours of youth in foster care: A child and caregiver perspective

Morgan Cooley, Armeda Stevenson Wojciak, Heather Farineau, Ann Mullis

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Abstract

The transition into foster care can be difficult for children. Research has consistently shown an increased risk for children in foster care to exhibit higher levels of problem behaviours in comparison to youth in the general population. The purpose of this study was to analyse the associations between the youths' perception of their relationship with their caregiver on their perception of their own internalizing and externalizing behaviours as well as the youths' perception of the relationships with caregivers and how caregivers report of youths' internalizing and externalizing behaviours. This study utilized the secondary data from the general release version of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being [National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (2009) Introduction to the wave 1 general and restricted use releases, Nation Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, Ithaca, NY]. Significant relationships between youths' perception of relationship with their caregiver were found with both youth perception of internalizing behaviours and caregiver perception of internalizing and externalizing behaviours. Results are explained with implications for practice, training, research and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-221
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • child welfare
  • foster care
  • foster caregiver
  • foster youth
  • internalizing and externalizing behaviours
  • perception of relationship

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