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Title: Experience of challenge and crises in adoptive and foster families
Author: Valentine, Daniella
ISNI:       0000 0004 7961 1305
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2018
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Alternative family arrangements, including fostering and adoption, are recognised as often accompanied by unique and challenging experiences. Those challenges confer higher risk of familial crisis and disruption. Given the UK government commitment to increasing foster carer retention and supporting adoptive family placements to remain intact, this thesis explores challenges and crises experienced by these families. This is significant at a time when challenges within adoptive families are reported to be high, foster carer retention rates have decreased yet there is a continued demand on social care to provide adoptive and foster family homes. Supporting permanence has implications for the National Health Service as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Teams can be an important agency in supporting the psychological needs of these families. Chapter 1 is a synthesis and critical review of research exploring the challenges experienced within adoptive families. Following a systematic manual and database search of relevant literature, 13 studies were reviewed. These highlighted a number of challenges experienced by adoptive families, some of which converged and indicated barriers to help-seeking. Implications for future research, alongside suggestions for clinical practice are discussed Chapter 2 is an explorative qualitative account of foster carer experiences of placement breakdown involving older children and adolescents. Using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, this study provides an in-depth insight into foster carers' varied emotional experiences. The findings outline psychological processes that occurred following placement breakdown, such as acceptance. Clinical implications, including models of non-judgmental intervention focused on resilience and posttraumatic growth are discussed. Chapter 3 presents a reflective account of the research experience. It provides an exploration firmly situated within the position of the researcher. A map of the research process draws on themes including methodological and ethical issues, learning and loss; some of which resonate with the contents of chapter 2.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare