Nurture and play for foster families with young children : Foster-parents’ reflections on attachment-focused group intervention
Tuomi, K., & Ala-Ruona, E. (2022). Nurture and play for foster families with young children : Foster-parents’ reflections on attachment-focused group intervention. Approaches, First View. https://approaches.gr/tuomi-a20220627/
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An insecure attachment history puts foster children at risk for many kinds of difficulties, which may include psychopathology. Nurture and Play (NaP) for foster families–intervention for children aged one to five years of age aims to help the new attachment relationship between foster parents and their young children develop in a secure direction. The aim of this study is to gain deeper understanding on how foster parents use their mentalization skills to reflect the different meanings of the NaP for foster families–intervention. A stimulated recall method was chosen to correspond to these research targets. It was revealed that parents’ reflections were evidently focused on the child, the importance of safety and the meaning of change during the process. Emotional qualities concerning both the child and the adult were also emphasised. The foster parents were able to utilise their reflections within a wider context of place, relationships, and time. The results of the study and the core concepts of attachment theory are strongly related to each other. Furthermore, the study and its outcomes offer suggested priorities and suggestions for future research. ...
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Additional information about fundingThe first author is grateful to the Finnish Cultural Foundation´s Häme regional Fund for the grant which made it possible to write this research study (grant number: 15212338).
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