Psychosocial Needs of Children in Foster Care and the Impact of Sexual Abuse (2017)

This 2017 study asked youth (formerly) in family foster care to indicate their psychosocial needs, and analyzed if youth with a history of sexual abuse have different needs. A methodological study was conducted with 44 youth (age 16–28). Fifteen of them reported sexual abuse during their childhood. Although the needs of youth with and without experiences of sexual abuse seem mostly similar, one group of sexually abused youth specifically indicated not wanting an emotional connection to foster parents, but instead a strictly instrumental, professional relationship. This study captured the diverse perspectives of youth themselves, revealing that children in foster care differ with regard to what they consider as (most) important safety, belonging, self-esteem and self-actualization needs.