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Title: What factors contribute to the success of a foster placement : the perspective of the foster carer
Author: Wells, C.
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2006
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This review aimed to examine the current literature on foster care, with a particular focus on what constitutes a successful foster placement. The definition of a 'successful placement' in this context is a placement that not only does not break down, but one where the child manages to adequately adjust to a stable life in foster care. The review considers findings from the literature on foster care, along with empirical studies and theoretical papers from the developmental psychopathology and resilience literature base that further inform our understanding of this area. The review presents and critiques the literature in three main domains 1) how the children's previous experiences influence the foster placement, for example their experiences of maltreatment, 2) the significance of the foster carer- foster child relationship, for example the importance of a secure base in care, and 3) the influences on a placement from the wider system of people and professionals involved in the child's welfare, for example the social worker and the child's birth family. The review concludes with an extended critique of the literature and suggestions for future research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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