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Title: Does experiencing foster placement endings have a long-term impact on foster carer birth children's psychosocial wellbeing?
Author: Crompton, Pip
ISNI:       0000 0004 2741 3956
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2012
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Some foster carers have birth children living at home whilst fostering other children. At times foster carers' birth children (FCBC) have been reported to experience a sense of loss and sadness when their relationships with foster children cease due to placements ending. This thesis aims to provide a preliminary examination of whether FCBC's childhood experience of these, often serial, relational losses has an enduring impact on their psychosocial wellbeing. It provides a qualitative examination of adult FCBC's accounts and memories of foster placement endings and their understanding of whether an enduring impact is experienced. Thirteen adult FCBC were interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule. Five main themes emerged from the thematic analysis of the data. Two factors (Un)Certainty and Connectedness provide wider contextualisation to FCBC's experience of placement endings. 'Experiencing Absence' emphasises FCBC's immediate and long-term psychological response to and management of these relational losses. Finally, Relational Adaptation and Psychological Growth highlight FCBC's understanding of wider psychological implications of experiencing foster placement endings in the longer- term. Further research is therefore warranted in order to extend the current findings and delineate factors of risk or resilience in accounting for a possible long-term psychosocial impact. It is suggested that the psychological wellbeing and needs of FCBC, particularly around planning of foster placement endings, should be more formally recognised within national and local foster service policy and guidelines. Further, under certain conditions FCBC and their families may benefit from receiving greater psychological support to aid their experience around placement endings.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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