This study utilized web-based data collection and latent profile analysis to visualize and describe the relational well-being of youth experiencing foster care-related sibling separation. Legally authorized representatives for 724 youth in seven states in the U.S.A. completed a brief electronic questionnaire assessing youth’s social competence, emotional competence, sibling warmth, and sibling interaction quality. Six profiles of relational well-being emerged from the analysis and included youth who were “struggling—all domains,” “struggling—sibling relationships,” “thriving—all domains,” “near struggling—all domains,” “mixed—thriving sibling relationships/near-struggling social-emotional competence,” and “average—all domains.” Significant differences were observed for the proportion of youth in a particular profile based on their current out-of-home care status, permanency plan goal, and the survey respondent’s relationship to the youth. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
- Foster care
- research methodology