Measuring youth connections: A component of relational permanence for foster youth

Annette Semanchin Jones, Traci L LaLiberte

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This article presents the development and preliminary validation of the Youth Connections Scale, a measure of youth connectedness as a component of relational permanence for youth in out-of-home placement. The instrument measures different domains of youth's connectedness, including the number and strength of connections to caring adults and the types of support perceived by youth. Results of a pilot validation study of the instrument, with a sample of 53 adolescents in out-of-home care, indicate good concurrent validity and high test-retest reliability. Child welfare and youth-serving agencies can use this instrument in their efforts to strengthen and measure the connectedness and relational permanence of youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-517
Number of pages9
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013


  • Development of a measuring instrument
  • Out-of-home care
  • Permanency
  • Relational permanence
  • Youth connections

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