You matter to me: Important relationships and self-esteem of adolescents in foster care

Heather M. Farineau, Armeda Stevenson Wojciak, Lenore M. Mcwey

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Abstract

This study examined the extent to which relationships with biological mothers, foster parents and peers influenced the self-esteem of adolescents in foster care. A subsample from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being of adolescents in long-term foster care was used for this study (n=188). The findings indicated that when considering relationships with biological mothers, foster parents and peers and controlling for demographic characteristics in one regression model, relationships with peers had the greatest impact on self-esteem of adolescents. Implications for child welfare and clinical work are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-138
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Foster care
  • National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem

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