Volume 13

The Impact of Sex and Type of Placement on Perceived Success of Displaced Adolescents

Adam Zwetchkenbaum and Maeve Sullivan

This study was designed to explore college students’ perceptions of displaced adolescents based on the adolescents’ sex and the type of placement they have experienced. Two hundred and six college students read one of six scenarios depicting a young male or female adult who had spent an extended amount of time in foster care, residential care, or juvenile detention as an adolescent. Participants were asked to rate how successful they thought the scenario character was, their personal feelings about dishonesty and illegal activity, and demographic information including personal experience with out-of-home placements. Scenario characters who had been in foster care were rated as more successful than characters who had been in other placements. No differences based on sex were found.

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