The Voices of Youth in Out-of-Home Care Regarding Developing Healthy Dating Relationships

Kristin Duppong Hurley, Alexandra Trout, Nikki Wheaton, Laura Buddenberg, Brigid Howard, Megan Weigel

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Minimal attention has been focused on difficulties for youth in residential care regarding building healthy dating relationships, despite the significant risks to this group of adolescents. This study provided a unique opportunity to conduct focus groups with youth in residential care on issues surrounding dating relationships. The majority of youth feedback centered on the themes of desiring support developing relationship boundaries, establishing trust in relationships, understanding the consequences of sexual activity, and having real world examples regarding dating relationships. The data were examined for differences between the genders and recommendations for next steps provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-36
Number of pages14
JournalChild and Youth Services
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • adolescents
  • dating relationships
  • emotional behavioral disorders
  • out-of-home care
  • peer relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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