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Settling into a new home as a teenager: About establishing social bonds in different types of foster families in Sweden
Univ Orebro, Sch Law Psychol & Social Work, Orebro, Sweden. (ICU CHILD)
Göteborgs universitet.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare. (ICU CHILD)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8690-3002
2011 (English)In: Children and youth services review, ISSN 0190-7409, E-ISSN 1873-7765, Vol. 33, 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 familiesreported the strongest social bonds to their foster families and the adolescents intraditional foster familiesthe weakest. This is in line with previous research. However, youth innetwork foster familieswith 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 33, 2282-2289 p.
Keyword [en]
Everyday life, Foster youth, Family interaction, Social bond, Kinship foster family, Humour
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-13815DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.07.016ISI: 000296365500026Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-80053456370OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-13815DiVA: diva2:469341
Available from: 2011-12-23 Created: 2011-12-23 Last updated: 2013-12-19Bibliographically approved

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