Journal Article

Life Satisfaction Among Israeli Youth in Residential Treatment Care

Miriam Schiff, Shiry Nebe and Rich Gilman

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 36, issue 8, pages 1325-1343
Published in print December 2006 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Life Satisfaction Among Israeli Youth in Residential Treatment Care

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This study is a preliminary examination of life satisfaction among 103 children in one residential treatment care (RTC) setting in Israel. Life satisfaction was examined using the Multidimensional Students Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS). Gender differences in life satisfaction and correlations with background and in-care variables were examined. The study revealed that girls were more satisfied with RTC-specific domains than boys and that the residential child-care worker–child relationship plays a major role in the child’s life satisfaction. Findings provided some support for the utility of the MSLSS to describe RTC children and youth’s life satisfaction across a number of important life domains. Ongoing administration of such scales has the potential to monitor RTC children’s life satisfaction and its correlates throughout their stay in care.

Keywords: Multidimensional Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS); out-of-home care; children at-risk; residential treatment care; well-being; children; Israel

Journal Article.  7893 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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