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Title: The subjective well-being of Portuguese children in foster care, residential care and children living with their families: Challenges and implications for a child care system still focused on institutionalization
Authors: Delgado, Paulo
Carvalho, João M. S.
Montserrat, Carme
Llosada-Gistau, Joan
Keywords: Children
Subjective well-being
Families
Foster care
Residential care
Issue Date: Feb-2020
Citation: Delgado, P., Carvalho, J. M. S., Montserrat, C., & Llosada-Gistau, J. (2019). The subjective well-being of Portuguese children in foster care, residential care and children living with their families: Challenges and implications for a child care system still focused on institutionalization. Child Indicators Research, 13(1), 67–84 .doi: 10.1007/s12187-019-09652-4. Disponível no repositório UPT, http://hdl.handle.net/11328/2998
Abstract: Most studies with children in out-of-home care highlight the problems and challenges associated with residential or foster care, and few have investigated the well-being of these children. The aim of this study is to compare the subjective well-being (SWB) of children hosted in institutions and in foster families with the well-being of children living with their families. We used a sample of 422 children, aged between 11 and 15, being 39 in foster care, 145 in residential care, and 238 living with their families in the general population. We measured SWB with the Personal Well-being Index-School Children (PWI-SC9) and we evaluated the impact of several variables in this index. Results indicate that children in residential care have a lower SWB in all variables compared to foster care and general populations groups. These outcomes should challenge children’s public policies to change from a dominant positive attitude toward institutionalisation to a more successful approach based on foster care families. This approach will provide the opportunity for children in out-of-home care to grow up in a family, and improve their SWB, which can probably ensure a better life trajectory.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11328/2998
ISSN: 1874-897X
ISSNe: 1874-8988
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