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Title: Exploring and supporting stories of resilience in parenthood
Author: Skippon, Rachel
ISNI:       0000 0004 2715 4309
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis reports a narrative exploration of the experiences of parenting in former looked-after children, a group of parents who may have additional needs in respect of their parenting, as a result of their childhood experiences. It begins with a narrative review that discusses the efficacy of services to support families where parents have two other types of additional needs: mental health problems and learning difficulties. Support from services for such families is often inadequate. There is evidence for the efficacy of strengths-based resilience approaches to supporting these families, and resilience-based practice would be consistent with existing policy frameworks. However the frequency with which the issue of the failure of services to meet their needs recurs, suggests efforts to tackle it have met with limited success. The literature review argues that to make further progress, resilience-based approaches should be more widely adopted in individual clinical practice. The experiences of former looked-after children, who had become parents, were explored using narrative analysis. The aim was to understand how their early experiences influenced their parenting models, and what factors in their experiences contributed to resilience in their parenting. Participants' narratives reflected rejection and abuse from biological families, and neglect of their emotional needs in care. Most found parenthood a positive experience that brought meaning to their lives. Parenting models were primarily constructed in opposition to participants' own experiences, and drew on cultural references to provide alternatives. Participants' reports of positive outcomes were related to resilience located in the individual characteristics of parents themselves, and in strong attachment relationships with their children.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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