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Title: Creating an attachment theory and adoption psychology based training programme for parents and school staff
Author: Sohrabi-Shiraz, Jamin
ISNI:       0000 0004 5360 2515
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2014
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Background: The Local Authority (LA) in which the researcher works has a high proportion of Adopted Children (5.5% of all Cared For Children), which is well above the national average. As part of placement duties the researcher began developing working relationships with the Adoption and Special Guardianship (ASG) Team, which supported children, schools and parents. ASG identified a lack of understanding among school staff and parents with regard to issues faced by adoptive children and support from the Educational Psychology service was requested. The focus of the research was to create a new training programme to be delivered in schools to members of staff and adoptive parents in partnership with the ASG team. Participants: Twenty participants took part in both focus group and training programme. These were parents of adopted children, representatives from the children’s schools, an EP and ASG team members. Methods: A mixed method design was conducted gathering qualitative and quantitative data for pre and post evaluation of the training programme. Information was gathered using a mixture of semi and unstructured structured focus groups and pre- and post evaluations through questionnaires which gathered ordinal scale data and personal statements. Content analysis and statistical analysis were used to analyse outcomes. Analysis/Findings: A range of themes was found in pre-programme creation generated from initial focus group data, focusing on experience sharing parental and school support, awareness of attachment issues and their impact on behaviour and learning and support to create strategies for children in schools and at home. Conclusion/Implications: The creation of the training programme was able to address the needs of parents and school staff and awareness of attachment issues was raised. The unique contribution of the EP was identified and discussed and possible implications for future research into this area were identified.
Supervisor: Woods, Kevin; Tyldesley, Kathleen Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Chi.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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