Multidimensional life satisfaction, stressful events and social support network of Brazilian children in out-of-home care

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Author list: Koller S, Siqueira A C, Spath R, Dell'Aglio D D
Publisher: Wiley: 24 months
Publication year: 2011
Volume number: 16
Issue number: 1
Start page: 111
End page: 120
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 1356-7500
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Abstract

In 1990, the Child and Adolescents' Statute was passed in Brazil which led to important changes in shelter homes for children who have been removed due to child maltreatment. However very few studies have been conducted on this population since this policy change; the goal of this study is to assess the multidimensional life satisfaction, stressful life events and social network of children living in shelters compared with those living with their families. The sample consists of 155 children ages 7-16 years living in shelters and 142 children living with their families. Data were collected using a structured interview, the Multidimensional Life Satisfaction Scale, the Stressful Life Events Inventory and the Five Field Map. The shelter sub-sample had many at-risk characteristics; they also had significantly greater average scores on stressful life events and social support network, while they had lower than average scores on multidimensional life satisfaction. Factors that significantly contributed to predicting life satisfaction were stressful life events, social support network and conflicts with family members. The findings highlight differences between children living in shelters compared to those living with their families; this article also discusses the policy implications of these findings for child welfare practice in Brazil.


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adolescence, Children, Out-of-home care, Sheltered homes, Socioeconomics status, Stress experience


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