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Relationship to parents in adulthood with a background of out-of-home care in childhood

Andersson, Gunvor LU (2018) In Child and Family Social Work 23(4). p.633-639
Abstract

The longitudinal study started with children aged up to 4 who had been taken into care because of unacceptable living conditions and deficient parental care. After their initial stay in a children's home, the 26 children in the research group went on to have diverse placement histories throughout their childhood (up to age 18). The children have been divided into 4 subgroups in accordance with the length of time they lived with 1 of their parents or with foster parents. Relationships were 1 of the themes in the primary study as well as in all 8 rounds of follow-up. This article is based on the 2 most recent rounds when the children had reached the ages of 25 to 30 and 35 to 39. A few of the interviewees talked about a close relationship... (More)

The longitudinal study started with children aged up to 4 who had been taken into care because of unacceptable living conditions and deficient parental care. After their initial stay in a children's home, the 26 children in the research group went on to have diverse placement histories throughout their childhood (up to age 18). The children have been divided into 4 subgroups in accordance with the length of time they lived with 1 of their parents or with foster parents. Relationships were 1 of the themes in the primary study as well as in all 8 rounds of follow-up. This article is based on the 2 most recent rounds when the children had reached the ages of 25 to 30 and 35 to 39. A few of the interviewees talked about a close relationship to 1 of their parents, some had occasional contact, and many more had no contact at all, felt abandoned, or had decided to keep their parent(s) at a distance, not least out of consideration for their own children. The interviews showed that their adult relationship to and/or feelings for parents were still problematic and negatively affected their own well-being, even if their parent(s) had died.

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Adult relationship to parents, Childhood out-of-home care
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Child and Family Social Work
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23
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4
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633 - 639
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Wiley-Blackwell
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1356-7500
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10.1111/cfs.12454
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English
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  author       = {Andersson, Gunvor},
  issn         = {1356-7500},
  keyword      = {Adult relationship to parents,Childhood out-of-home care},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {633--639},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Child and Family Social Work},
  title        = {Relationship to parents in adulthood with a background of out-of-home care in childhood},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12454},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2018},
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