Life satisfaction among Israeli youth in residential treatment care

Miriam Schiff*, Shiry Nebe, Rich Gilman

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This study is a preliminary examination of life satisfaction among 103 children in one residential treatment care (RTC) setting in Israel. Life satisfaction was examined using the Multidimensional Students Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS). Gender differences in life satisfaction and correlations with background and in-care variables were examined. The study revealed that girls were more satisfied with RTC-specific domains than boys and that the residential child-care worker-child relationship plays a major role in the child's life satisfaction. Findings provided some support for the utility of the MSLSS to describe RTC children and youth's life satisfaction across a number of important life domains. Ongoing administration of such scales has the potential to monitor RTC children's life satisfaction and its correlates throughout their stay in care.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1325-1343
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Children
  • Children at-risk
  • Israel
  • Multidimensional Life Satisfaction Scale (MSLSS)
  • Out-of-home care
  • Residential treatment care
  • Well-being


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