Child and Youth Care Forum

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 227–240 | Cite as

Locus of control and role performance among group care parents

  • Zmira Laufer


Group Care Parents working in the Family Group Care Model comprise a relatively new occupational subgroup in child and youth care. This research examines the possibility of distinguishing a specific Parental Locus of Control (PLOC) (internal/external) for candidates for Family Group Care Model positions or those who are already in the field, and possible connections between the type of parental locus of control and performance of the parental role. Interviews were held with all group care parents presently working under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Education (n=72). The subscales of the PLOC identified conflicting elements in the group care parent role, highlighting the problem of role complexity and the need to adopt differential supervision strategies suited to various styles of PLOC. Implications for further research are suggested.


Social Psychology Care Parent Care Model Group Care Family Group 
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  • Zmira Laufer
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  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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