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Title: Factors contributing to resilience in parents and carers
Author: Ellis, Nicola
ISNI:       0000 0004 5369 0666
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2015
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With increasing demand on the role of being a foster carer, it can be difficult to maintain a stable placement for the child in care. Resilience is a crucial factor in individuals successfully overcoming challenges and adversity, something that is ever present for foster carers. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore what factors enable and maintain resilience in foster carers, in addition to considering the challenges they face. Fourteen foster carers (2 male and 12 female) who had maintained a long term placement (for a year or more) with a looked after child, were recruited from a Local Authority in the North West of England. Foster carers were interviewed and their verbatim transcripts were analysed using a grounded theory methodology. A theoretical framework, including enabling, maintaining and resilience challenging factors, were found to emerge from the data and identified as likely in demonstrating foster carers' resilience and influencing placement stability. This theoretical framework provides an insight into clinical implications such as ensuring that foster carers receive the appropriate support when they are faced with increasing challenges, in order to maintain a stable placement.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology