Title

Validation of a Measure of Foster Home Integration for Foster Youth

Published In

Research on Social Work Practice

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

9-1-2018

Abstract

Objectives: This article introduces a youth-reported measure (Essential Youth Experiences [EYE]) developed to assess the experiences of foster youth in their home environment and their critical relationships across a number of service systems. Empirically, the article reports on the psychometric properties of a 9-item scale within the EYE that measures the construct of positive home integration (PHI).

Methods: The EYE was administered to 328 preadolescent and adolescent youth (164 sibling dyads) enrolled in a larger randomized clinical trial.

Results: Correlational analysis suggests that the PHI Scale shows good psychometric properties and strong current and predictive validity.

Conclusion: The PHI is a reliable and valid scale that measures youth perspectives of inclusion in the foster home and relationships with their foster care provider. This scale quickly gathers youth perspectives and differentiates between youth who have more versus less significant needs. Implications for research and social work practice are discussed.

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Copyright The Author(s) 2016

DOI

10.1177/1049731516675033

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/29904

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