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Foster youth's sense of belonging in kinship, network, and traditional foster families: an interactive perspective on foster youth's everyday life
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2012. , 93 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Social work, ISSN 1651-145X ; 10
National Category
Social Sciences Sociology Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20404ISBN: 978-91-7668-840-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-20404DiVA: diva2:458027
Public defence
2012-01-13, Hörsal L3, Långhuset, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2011-11-21 Created: 2011-11-21 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Why one goes to school: what school means to young people entering foster care
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why one goes to school: what school means to young people entering foster care
2011 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 16, no 1, 43-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this interpretative childhood study of 17 boys and girls 13 – 16 years old placed in foster families, the experiences and attitudes towards school are explored. The importance of school as an arena for both learning and socialization is emphasized. Data were collected through interviews, network maps, and text answers via mobile phone (‘beepers’). Their educational improvement was based on their understanding of scholastic achievement as meaningful for their future, stability in daily routines, and the involvement and support of family, peers, and teachers. Access to peers at school is important, and group activities facilitate this. Because of their background, foster youth can also be exposed to bullying from peers. Both learning and socialization at school affect their self-esteem. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2011
Keyword
Adolescents, Foster care (family), education, gender, refugee children
National Category
Social Work Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Social Work Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-10765 (URN)10.1111/j.1365-2206.2010.00706.x (DOI)000285754400005 ()2-s2.0-78650255278 (Scopus ID)
Projects
The sense of belonging of girls and boys placed in kinship foster care and non-relative foster care – an interactive perspective
Available from: 2010-05-22 Created: 2010-05-22 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
2. Jokes and routines make everyday life a good life: on 'doing family' for young people in foster care in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Jokes and routines make everyday life a good life: on 'doing family' for young people in foster care in Sweden
2012 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 15, no 5, 700-715 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to identify inclusion practices in foster families by studying the everyday life of young people entering various types of foster family. Structure and warmth in the family stand out as important dimensions of everyday life. What is not so evident in previous research is the way emotional 'warmth' is created. In particular, joking, gentle teasing and laughing, which in this paper stand out as important inclusion practices, seem to be rather unknown aspects in foster care, as is the importance of doing things together in everyday life. The young people's contributions in creating a good family atmosphere are visible in the study, as is their capacity to adapt to a new family. Daily routines normalise the adolescents' everyday life. Negotiations make them part of important decisions, and may strengthen them as social agents. Foster parents' positive attitude towards birth family facilitates birth parents' support to their children. In this case study, mixed qualitative methods are used: interviews, network maps, 'beepers' and video recordings in the foster home.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna artikel är att identifiera inkluderande familjepraktiker i familje-hemsvård genom att studera vardagslivet för ungdomar som kommer till olika slags familjehem. Struktur och värme i familjen framstår som viktiga dimensioner av vardagligt liv. Något som inte är så uppenbart i tidigare forskning är det sätt på vilket emotionell värme skapas. I synnerhet skämt, skojande och skratt, vilka i detta papper framstår som viktiga inkluderande praktiker, verkar vara tämligen okända aspekter av familjehemsvård, liksom i viss mån betydelsen av att i vardagen göra saker tillsammans. Ungdomarnas bidrag till att skapa en god familjeatmosfär synliggörs i studien, liksom deras förmåga att anpassa sig till en ny familj. Dagliga rutiner normaliserar ungdomarnas vardagsliv. Förhandlingar gör dem delaktiga i viktiga beslut och kan stärka dem som sociala aktörer. Fosterföräldrarnas positiva attityd mot ungdomarnas familj underlättar föräldrarnas stöd till sitt barn. I denna fallstudie används blandade kvalitativa metoder: intervjuer, nätverkskartor, ‘beepers’ och videoinspelningar i familjehemmet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2012
Keyword
Inclusion Practices; Kinship Family; Everyday Life; Foster Children; Humour, Inkluderande Praktiker; Släktingfamilj; Vardagsliv; Fosterbarn; Humor
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20764 (URN)10.1080/13691457.2011.579558 (DOI)000312185000007 ()
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
3. Settling into a new home as a teenager: about establishing social bonds in different types of foster families in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Settling into a new home as a teenager: about establishing social bonds in different types of foster families in Sweden
2011 (English)In: Children and youth services review, ISSN 0190-7409, E-ISSN 1873-7765, Vol. 33, no 11, 2282-2289 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper provides a glimpse into young people's experiences and understandings of everyday life during their initial stages of placement in various types of foster families. The way family interactions strengthen or weaken the social bond between foster youth and foster family is focused upon. In this study the young people in kinship foster families reported the strongest social bonds to their foster families and the adolescents in traditional foster families the weakest. This is in line with previous research. However, youth in network foster families with whom they were not so close prior to placement also reported rather strong social bonds to the foster family, which is not well known. Including network foster families in the study sheds light on the importance of adolescents' active involvement and agency in choosing their foster family. Examples of family interactions which seem to be crucial in strengthening social bonds, also in traditional foster families, are e.g. fair treatment by other family members, mutual family activities, negotiating to find solutions, and, which is not so well known, humorous joking and laughing together. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Keyword
Everyday life, Foster youth, Family interaction, Social bond, Kinship foster family, Humour
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20763 (URN)10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.07.016 (DOI)000296365500026 ()
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
4. A sense of belonging in a changeable everyday life: a follow-up study of young people in kinship, network, and traditional foster families
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A sense of belonging in a changeable everyday life: a follow-up study of young people in kinship, network, and traditional foster families
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20765 (URN)
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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