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"Som syskon, fast ändå inte": En studie av familjehemsföräldrars egna barns erfarenheter
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study has been to create an understanding for the situation of an often forgotten group in foster care, the carers’ own children. Our main focus has been the experience this group has of foster care, their experience of participation in caring for the foster children and their possible need of support and help. Our chosen method has been qualitative interviews with six adult children of foster carers, two men and four women. The theory used in this study has been Sense of Coherence.

Our interviewees gave mainly a positive description of being part of a foster family even though they could give examples of difficult situation and of loss. All of them gave different examples of how they had participated in the care of foster children, such as babysitting, defending foster siblings in school and supporting them. Despite their over all positive memories most of them wished they had been offered better support, preferably counseling with advice on how to act in difficult situations. A main focus for the interviewees seemed to be the need for better information as well as education about why the foster children act as they do.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 66 p.
Keyword [en]
Foster carer’s own children, support, participation, sense of coherence
Keyword [sv]
Familjehemsföräldrars egna barn, stöd, delaktighet, känsla av sammanhang
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-72399OAI: diva2:496655
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-10-19 Created: 2012-02-10 Last updated: 2012-10-19Bibliographically approved

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