Evaluation of residential care from the perspective of older adolescents in care. The need for a new construct: Optimum professional proximity

Anna Soldevila, Antonio Peregrino, Xavier Oriol, Gemma Filella

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Abstract

This paper analyses the evaluation of residential care from the perspective of the adolescents in care. Twelve discussion groups were carried out in 12 different centres in Catalonia (Spain). A total of 66 adolescents aged between 16 and 18 years of age participated. The data contributed by the discussion groups were analysed and categorized using descriptive analysis matrices. Most notable from the results is that the majority of those interviewed call for increased emotional involvement from the social workers, more contact with their families and re-educational intervention within their families, which renders the return to these possible within a shorter period of time. Data provided by the adolescents lead us to reconsider the concept of optimum professional distance and to suggest replacing it with optimum professional proximity; this would be based on emotional involvement and not on emotional distance, although not on emotional dependence either.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-293
Number of pages9
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

Keywords

  • Emotional needs
  • Optimum professional proximity
  • Out of home placement
  • Residential care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health(social science)

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