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dc.contributor.advisorAtwool, Nicola
dc.contributor.authorGreer, Andrea
dc.date.available2015-10-15T21:16:20Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.identifier.citationGreer, A. (2015). Relationships Matter? Multiple perspectives on children’s attachment experiences in group home settings (Thesis, Master of Social Welfare). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5959en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5959
dc.description.abstractChildren who are admitted into residential care often have a history of abuse, neglect, experienced trauma and have had multiple failed placements. Caring for these children can be challenging due to their complex behavioural issues. Using an attachment framework and the evidence-base of neuroscience, this study looks at what works for children with a history of trauma. This study explores what matters to children living in residential group homes through hearing the voices of eight children residing in three group homes in New Zealand. The children interviewed were within the age group of 10 to 17 years old. Using semi-structured in-depth interviews, children were interviewed regarding their experience of care and the importance of relationships within group homes. In order to gain multiple perspectives on this topic, six biological parents and two legal guardians of children were interviewed and focus group discussions were also held with staff members from the three various group homes. The findings from this study and knowledge from neuroscience indicates that children in residential care need to experience relationships as a secure-base in order to heal from their traumatic experiences. This research recommends the importance of relationship-based interventions and trauma-informed practice while working with children in residential care settings
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectresidential care
dc.subjectNew Zealand
dc.subjectchildren in care
dc.subjectstatutory care
dc.subjectattachment
dc.subjecttrauma-informed
dc.subjectsocial work
dc.subjectgovernment care
dc.subjectchild protection
dc.subjectgroup homes
dc.subjectrelationship-based interventions
dc.subjectpractice-based research
dc.subjectevidence-based practice
dc.titleRelationships Matter? Multiple perspectives on children’s attachment experiences in group home settings
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2015-10-15T09:09:27Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineSociology, Gender and Social Work
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Social Welfare
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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