Title: Positive peer culture : a resilience-based intervention in adolescent foster home care
Authors : Steinebach, Christoph
Steinebach, Ursula
Conference details: AIEJI 17th World Congress, The social educator in a globalized world, Copenhagen, May 4–7, 2009
Issue Date: May-2009
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : PPC; Positive Peer Culture; resilience; vulnerability; child care; youth care
Subject (DDC) : 155: Differential and developmental psychology
362: Health and social services
Abstract: Concepts of resilience and self efficacy highlight possible positive effects of mutual help by adolescents. Accordingly the concept of Positive Peer Culture (PPC) developed by Vorrath and Brendtro in the 1970s relies on the experience to be able to help. To line out the effects of Positive Peer Culture 163 male adolescents, parents and 47 staff members in a foster home were interviewed in a longitudinal study. In six different surveys quantitative as well as qualitative methods, questionnaires as well as interviews have been applied. In an additional follow-up survey 18 former members of the program answered different quantitative and qualitative questions. The results show an increasing self-worth and decreasing behavioural problems. PPC helps the young people to feel valuable. The readiness to help others improves. There is less violence and fighting in the home. The young people can express their feelings more easily. This applies to both negative and positive feelings. Communication skills improve. Accepting PPC improves. Consequences for youth welfare services focusing on the development of assets and resources in adolescents` lives are being discussed.
Departement: Angewandte Psychologie
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP)
Psychological Institute (PI)
Publication type: Conference Other
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/6005
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