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Understanding the concept of resilience in relation to looked after children: A Delphi survey of perceptions from education, social care and foster care.

South, R, Jones, FW, Creith, E and Simonds, LM (2015) Understanding the concept of resilience in relation to looked after children: A Delphi survey of perceptions from education, social care and foster care. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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Abstract

There has been a surge of interest regarding the application of resilience theory in childcare practice and how resilience can be promoted among vulnerable children, in particular, looked after children. However, little is known about how people working with looked after children understand the concept of resilience. This study aimed to explore how social workers, teachers and foster carers, working with looked after children, understand resilience and whether there is consensus as to what constitutes resilience. The study also sought to explore whether there are differences in how resilience is constructed across these groups. In total, 106 participants took part in a Delphi survey (34 teachers, 36 foster carers, 36 social workers). There was moderate consensus that resilience related to survival, coping and a sense of self-worth. Resilience was not considered a panacea but a concept that also had limitations. Participants understood resilience in ways that were both similar and different to existing conceptualisations within the literature. However, there were many aspects of resilience for which there was no consensus or significant difference of opinion between the participant groups. The need for further training and research is discussed, in order to support attempts to promote resilience among looked after children.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
South, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jones, FWUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Creith, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Simonds, LMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 26 March 2015
Identification Number : 10.1177/1359104515577485
Uncontrolled Keywords : Attachment, Delphi, looked after children, resilience
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Additional Information : Copyright 2015 Sage Publications
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 Jun 2015 11:32
Last Modified : 17 Jun 2015 11:32
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/807774

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