Is knowledge of family history related to psychosocial functioning? Comparison of adolescents living in institutional care and adolescents living with their biological families

Magdalena Król , Anita Kliś , Małgorzata Kustra , Kamil Szymański


We tested adolescents growing up in institutional care and adolescents living with their birth families using the ‘Do you know?’ scale and other measures of psychosocial functioning. We found that children living in group homes knew significantly less of their family history, exhibited more behavioural problems and had a more external locus of control. Moreover, the correlations between selfesteem and knowledge of family history were significantly different between the groups. This may suggest that the contribution of the knowledge of family history to self-esteem is different depending on the quality of family history. We also found a significant correlation between locus of control and behavioural problems for the children in institutional care, but not children living with their birth families, which may indicate that their behavioural problems may partially stem from the sense of lack of control over their lives.
Author Magdalena Król (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Magdalena Król,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, Anita Kliś
Anita Kliś,,
, Małgorzata Kustra
Małgorzata Kustra,,
, Kamil Szymański
Kamil Szymański,,
Journal seriesEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology, ISSN 1740-5629, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in EnglishKnowledge of family history; locus of control; behavioural problems; self-esteem; institutional care
ASJC Classification3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology; 3207 Social Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.826; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.208 (2) - 2017=2.094 (5)
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