ERIC Number: EJ876875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Meeting the Needs of GLB Youth in Residential Care Settings: A Framework for Assessing the Unique Needs of a Vulnerable Population
Block, Rebecca G.; Matthews, John D.
Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, v23 n3-4 p181-199 2006
This article explores uses for strengths-based assessment of gay, lesbian and bisexual youth in residential care. Gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) youth face unique challenges such as stigma management and disclosure. In addition, GLB youth are also at increased risk for drug use, suicide and unprotected sex. Consequently, the needs of GLB youth differ upon entering residential care. Using the strengths perspective offers a variety of techniques and strategies for advancing efficacy and efficiency of assessment for GLB youth entering residential care. Applying the strengths perspective to the assessment process seeks to increase the level of empowerment experienced by the youth, enhance rapport building between client and clinician and providing an introduction into residential care that is client-centered and client driven. The pivotal nature of assessment in serving and treating youth in residential care make it a natural target for improved service delivery to GLB youth. Because of this population's experiences with stigma, oppression, internalization of hatred and resultant damage to self-esteem, working from a strengths perspective is especially relevant to clinicians and other service providers. Strategies for the process of the assessment, as well as the content of the assessment based on the strengths perspective speak to feelings of loneliness and isolation, and the need to manage disclosure, which are common experiences for GLB youth. In this exploration of application of the strengths perspective in assessment of GLB youth entering residential care, recommendations for both assessment process and content are made. A case example illustrating the use and application of these recommendations is also presented.
Descriptors: Residential Care, Drug Use, Homosexuality, Needs Assessment, Social Bias, Case Studies, Evaluation Methods, Adolescents, Adolescent Development, Mental Health, Physical Health, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Child Welfare, Foster Care, Delivery Systems, Social Attitudes
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