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Subjective Well-Being of Young People in Therapeutic Residential Care from a Gender Perspective

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  • Carla González-García

    (University of Cantabria)

  • Alba Águila-Otero

    (University of Oviedo)

  • Carme Montserrat

    (University of Girona)

  • Susana Lázaro

    (University of Cantabria)

  • Eduardo Martín

    (University of La Laguna)

  • Jorge Fernandez del Valle

    (University of Oviedo)

  • Amaia Bravo

    (University of Oviedo)

Abstract

A growing body of research focus on subjective well-being (SWB) in adolescence; however there are few studies focus specifically on the residential care population and even fewer on differences by type of residential facility separately for males and females. This study aims to analyze SWB in therapeutic residential care (a residential program created to address youths with severe emotional and behavioral problems) in relation to young people in other kinds of residential child care (RCC). 567 adolescents aged 14-18 from Therapeutic Residential Care (TRC) (n=256) and RCC (n=311) participated in the study. Results showed few significant differences concerning the residential program factor. Satisfaction with their own family was greater for young people in TRC and satisfaction, both with the groups they belong to and with their own residential facility, rated higher among the RCC group. Regarding differences by sex, females reported less SWB in all the domains including overall life satisfaction. The effect of the interaction between sex and type of residential program showed that females in TRC reported SWB, particularly low. The main implications for research and intervention will be discussed.

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  • Carla González-García & Alba Águila-Otero & Carme Montserrat & Susana Lázaro & Eduardo Martín & Jorge Fernandez del Valle & Amaia Bravo, 2022. "Subjective Well-Being of Young People in Therapeutic Residential Care from a Gender Perspective," Child Indicators Research, Springer;The International Society of Child Indicators (ISCI), vol. 15(1), pages 249-262, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:chinre:v:15:y:2022:i:1:d:10.1007_s12187-021-09870-9
    DOI: 10.1007/s12187-021-09870-9
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