Adolescent girls in residential care : biopsychosocial characteristics
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences . Biomedical Sciences
JSM health education & primary health care
, p. 1-13
University of Antwerp
Aim: The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the characteristics of adolescent girls in residential care (AGRC) as a concretisation of Multiple and Complex Problems (MCP) in this population. Insight in their problem profile could guide care delivery. Background: Adolescent girls in residential care constitute a vulnerable group, at high risk for MCP. However, the literature on characteristics of AGRC is scarce and scattered and a comprehensive overview of these distinctive aspects is lacking. Methodology: A literature search was conducted, using PubMed, the Web of Science, ERIC and PsycInfo, with the search terms ((institutionalized) OR institutionalization) OR (institutional care)) and (residential care), both combined with adolescents and girls in order to identify literature describing characteristics of this population. Results: The resulting description of characteristics of AGRC draws on the biopsychosocial (BPS) model, and recognizes the factors that lead to multiple needs at different time points in their care trajectory. Conclusion: This comprehensive overview of biopsychosocial characteristics and concretisation of the multiple needs of AGRC can inform care delivery planning. Cross-sectoral collaborative care, with a focus on continuity of care and societal integration, seems valuable in order to meet their needs.