• Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo Texas Tech University
  • Sherley Bedore Texas Tech University
  • Gayle Davis BCFS Health and Human Services
  • Terri Hipps New Beginning Youth and Family Services, Texas, USA


La investigación sobre niños/as y jóvenes en programas de acogimiento se centra mayormente en el llamado “Modelo de Déficit” que limita el entendimiento sobre experiencias individuales, fortalezas y capacidades únicas de la población (Sullivan, Jones, & Matiesen, 2010). El presente estudio explora el bienestar emocional de jóvenes emancipados de programas de acogimiento familiar (grupos focales, N=15) usando Teoría Fundamentada (Glaser & Strauss, 1967) y Análisis Temático. Se identificaron cinco factores principales en el bienestar emocional: Adaptación, Recursos, Construcción de Relaciones, Desarrollo de la Salud Mental Positiva, y Resiliencia. El presente estudio extiende el conocimiento sobre factores centrales en el bienestar emocional de jóvenes en acogimiento que  han sido escasamente estudiados en la investigación actual, lo que garantiza una mejor atención.


Palabras claves: Bienestar Emocional, Programas de Acogimiento, Jóvenes Emancipados, Análisis Temático



Extant research on youth in welfare systems has concentrated mostly on the so called “Deficit Model” which limits our understanding of the individual experiences, strengths, and capacities that are unique to these youth (Sullivan, Jones, & Matiesen, 2010). The current study explores the emotional wellbeing of a group of youth in the foster care system using Grounded Theory and Thematic Analysis as a methodological base (Focus Groups N=15). Results identified five central factors for emotional wellbeing: adaptation, resources, construction of relationships, development of positive mental health, and resiliency. Results from the current study generate new knowledge on central factors pertaining emotional wellbeing which have only been scarcely examined in the current research on foster youth and which warrant further attention.


Keywords: Emotional Well-Being, Foster Care, Emancipated Youth, Thematic Analysis


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Biografía del autor/a

Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, Texas Tech University

Ph.D. Human Development & Family Studies Assistant Professor Texas Tech University

Sherley Bedore, Texas Tech University

Doctoral Student in Human Development & Family Studies, Texas Tech University Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA.

Gayle Davis, BCFS Health and Human Services

MSW.,Directora Ejecutiva, BCHS Salud y Servicios Humanos, (Associate Executive Director, BCFS Health and Human Services), San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Terri Hipps, New Beginning Youth and Family Services, Texas, USA

MS, LPC-S., Presidenta, Nuevos Comienzos para Jóvenes y Familia (President, New Beginning Youth and Family Services), Kerrville, Texas, USA.

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Trejos-Castillo, E., Bedore, S., Davis, G., & Hipps, T. (2015). BIENESTAR EMOCIONAL DE JÓVENES EN PROGRAMAS DE ACOGIMIENTO FAMILIAR: UN ESTUDIO EXPLORATORIO (Emotional Well-being of Youth in Foster Care: An Exploratory Study). CES Psicología, 8(1), 98–118. Recuperado a partir de



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