Children and Youth Services Review, 40: 61-70
The purpose of this study was to explore the attachment patterns and perceptions of relationships with staff members of youth living in group homes. Seventeen youth completed a survey containing standardized measures of attachment and open-ended questions regarding their perceived relationships with staff members. Even though 67% of the youth were found to have an insecure attachment pattern, positive relationships with staff members were found. Youth emphasized that their most positive relationships were developed through continual interactions, open communication and trust with staff members who made them laugh and shared similar interests.