How can foster carers promote resilience in 'looked after children' aged 11-16?

Gates, Katie-Louise (2011) How can foster carers promote resilience in 'looked after children' aged 11-16? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The author aspired to investigate the ways in which foster carers can promote the resilience of 'looked after children' of a secondary school age (11-16 years). The focus within this was on the aspects that foster carers can draw upon within the young person’s life to help build up resilience. The author hoped to show the importance of resilience within a vulnerable and socially excluded group, and the role of the social worker in helping to facilitate the promotion of an essential aspect of healthy development.

    The research undertaken by the author was that of a literature review, using both qualitative and quantitative data, from secondary and published primary sources of literature. These sources provided the information for the review, and were analysed by the author.

    The author's research recognised that as a process resilience can be promoted in specific ways within young people. Protective factors being boosted and risk factors being reduced was highlighted as being a successful way to reduce the vulnerability of the young people along with a promotion of self-esteem, self-efficacy and a secure base. From the findings the author identified a conclusion and proposed some recommendations for foster carers and social workers hoping to boost the resilience of looked after children.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2011 17:01
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40

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