Family-centred practice and family outcomes in residential youth care: A systematic review

Emily Tang*, Amaranta de Haan, Chris Kuiper, Annemiek Harder

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Family-centred practice (FCP) has been suggested as a best practice for treating
youth with emotional and behavioural difficulties in residential care. In this preregistered systematic review, we examined how FCP is operationalized and measured in residential youth care and which family outcomes are associated with FCP. Our systematic search in six databases identified 5784 articles. We analysed included articles by coding the operationalizations of FCP in the interventions and study measures. Further, we descriptively summarized relations between FCP and family outcomes. Thirteen articles met our inclusion criteria. In these articles, FCP was operationalized by five types of youth worker actions in interventions and was measured as five types of family involvement. Ten articles examined pre–post differences in family-centred interventions. Only four articles analysed relations between FCP and a family outcome. Studies found some support for a positive association between FCP and whole-family functioning, but overall, the association between FCP and family outcomes remains unclear. Our findings demonstrate that more research is needed that specifically examines different aspects of FCP and how they relate to family outcomes in residential youth care. Such studies can benefit from the conceptual model proposed for FCP in residential youth care interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages17
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Early online date12 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jan 2024

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