Functioning of Israeli group-homes alumni: Exploring gender differences and in-care correlates

Miriam Schiff*, Rami Benbenishty

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This follow-up study examined the current functioning of young adult alumni of a large network of group-homes in Israel. Our aim was to identify factors explaining their current functioning and explore gender differences. Background and in-care experiences were gathered on 143 alumni (64 men and 79 women). One hundred nine of those alumni (51 men and 58 women) agreed to be interviewed. Despite their disadvantaged background prior to entering care, alumni functioned adequately and were in good health. Girls seem to have more positive in-care experiences than boys. A child's academic functioning while in care was a positive predictor for alumni current functioning status. Our study identifies areas of concern such as alumni relative low educational level, and suggests directions for future interventions and longitudinal studies.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)133-157
Number of pages25
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006


  • Attachment
  • Children at-risk
  • Functioning status
  • Group-home alumni
  • Group-home parent-child relationships
  • Israel
  • Out-of-home placement


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