Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Residential Care for Children and Youth

Bruce B. Henderson


Is residential care 'inherently harmful'? This book argues that this conventional wisdom is wrong and is, itself, harmful to a significant number of children and youth.

The presumptive view is based largely on overgeneralizations from research with infants and very young children raised in extremely deprived environments. A careful analysis of the available research supports the use of high-quality residential care as a treatment of choice with certain groups of needy children and youth, not a last resort intervention. The nature of high-quality care is explored through child development theory and research and two empirically supported models of care are described in detail.

It will be of interest to all scholars and students of child development, child welfare, youth work, social work and education as well as professionals working within these fields.

Table of Contents:

  1. Challenging the Conventional Wisdom. 
  2. Not A Good Place to Grow? 
  3. Reading the Residential Care Research Literature. 
  4. What Explains the Hostility toward Residential Care? 
  5. Explorations of the Effectiveness of Residential Care. 
  6. Do We Know What Quality Residential Care Is? 
  7. Working Models of Residential Care in Children’s Homes. 
  8. A Good Place to Grow.