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The needs of foster children and how to satisfy them: A systematic review of the literature

Steenbakkers, A., van der Steen, S. & Grietens, H., Mar-2018, In : Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. 21, 1, p. 1-12 12 p.

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Family foster care deeply influences the needs of children and how these are satisfied. To increase our knowledge of foster children’s needs and how these are conceptualized, this paper presents a systematic literature review. Sixty-
four empirical articles from six databases were reviewed and categorized (inter-rater agreement K = .78) into four categories: medical, belongingness, psychological and self-actualization needs. The results give a complete overview
of needs that are specific to foster children, and what can be implemented to satisfy these needs. This study shows psychological needs are studied more often compared to the other categories, which specially relates to much attention for mental health problems. Furthermore, most articles focus on how to satisfy the needs of foster children and provide no definition or concrete conceptualization of needs. Strikingly, many articles focus on children’s problems instead of their needs, and some even use these terms interchangeably. This review illustrates that future research should employ a proper conceptualization of needs, which could also initiate a shift in thinking about needs instead of problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Volume21
Issue number1
Early online date26-Oct-2017
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2018

    Keywords

  • MENTAL-HEALTH, HOME CARE, AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN, WELFARE SYSTEM, SUBSTANCE USE, SECURE BASE, YOUTHS, ADOLESCENTS, PLACEMENT, OUTCOMES

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