A Review of Foster Care in Professional Counseling Journals: A 31-Year Content Analysis

Meredith A. Rausch, Laura L. Gallo, Kayla M. Kemp

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Abstract

This content analysis provides a 31-year review of foster care publications and research across 24 professional counseling journals from 1991–2021. A total of 35 articles utilizing foster care as a key term were published, representing less than 1% of all possible articles (N = 11,293). The Family Journal published the highest number of foster care-centered articles (n = 18), 11 of which appeared in a special issue focusing on the subject. Professional School Counseling published the second-highest number of foster care articles (n = 4) during this period. This analysis includes an examination of publication occurrences across the thirty-one-year span, the type of article (research, non-research), research methodology, and foster care focus area. Results provide the professional counseling field with current research trends, issues, barriers, and methods for future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFamily Journal
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • children
  • content analysis
  • counseling
  • foster care
  • post-adoptive families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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