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Title: Benefits of a befriending programme for institutionalised children's socioemotional development
Author: Okur-Guner, Zeynep
ISNI:       0000 0004 2735 8125
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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This research investigated the implementation and the impacts of a befriending scheme on the socio-emotional, and behavioural development of children who were living in residential care in Turkey. The befriending project included three-hour weekly visits from volunteer University students for a period of eight months and provided institutionalised children with a one-to-one relationship with befriending volunteers. The research examined the project for two consecutive academic years; 2008-09 and 2009-10. The research included two studies, namely the Implementation and the Impact studies. The Implementation study examined whether or not the programme was well conducted. The results showed that the project was well-implemented in the 2008-09 academic year. Due to administrative challenges children received fewer visits in the following year and the Study concluded that the programme was less wellimplemented that year. This allowed the Study to examine whether programme 'dosage' (the amount of programe delivered) had an important influence on its outcomes. The Impact study compared the befriended children (N=36) with children who resided in another institution (N=32) where no volunteer project took place. Also, an agematched group of children (N=35) who lived with their birth parents was included in the study. Each group of participants was assessed prior to the project and at the end of the project (or the equivalent period for the other groups). A month after the project ended, follow-up assessments were employed with the befriended group. The findings indicated that the project did not produce any negative consequences for the befriended children, and there was substantial and suggestive evidence that the programme was beneficial for the befriended children's socio-emotional and behavioural development. Whether the programme was fully delivered as planned was found to moderate its outcomes. The implications of the findings for the project and for our understanding of the development of children from orphanages are discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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