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Child Development Research - Volume 2014 2014, Article ID 861703, 11 pages -

Research Article

Department for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Tübingen, 14 Osiander Street, 72076 Tübingen, Germany

Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, 24 Prießnitzweg, 70374 Stuttgart, Germany

Louisiana State University School of Social Work, 321 L.S.U. School of Social Work, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA

Received 21 April 2014; Revised 12 June 2014; Accepted 12 June 2014; Published 23 July 2014

Academic Editor: Ross Flom

Copyright © 2014 Maria Leticia Castrechini Fernandes Franieck et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Story stem assessments allow children to create narratives in response to brief portrayals of family-based relational challenges. These methods can provide insights into children’s perceptions of close relationships, which is particularly useful for vulnerable children. We conducted a feasibility study of story stem assessments with school-age street children—a previously unstudied population—to explore whether they would understand family-based story scenarios similarly to children in more stable families. Comparisons to children in low income and middle-class conditions were made on the basis of performance characteristics and “narrative coherence.” Street children demonstrated capacities to elaborate family narratives nearly as proficiently as children in the other groups, yet they also displayed unique vulnerabilities. Implications for research with this population are discussed.

Author: Maria Leticia Castrechini Fernandes Franieck, Michael Günter, and Timothy Page

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