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  • 1.
    Hedin, Lena
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    A sense of belonging in a changeable everyday life: a follow-up study of young people in kinship, network, and traditional foster familiesManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Hedin, Lena
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    A sense of belonging in a changeable everyday life: a follow-up study of young people in kinship, network, and traditional foster families2014In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 19, no 2, p. 165-173Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This in-depth follow-up study of 15 foster youth shows the importance of an ‘open foster family’, open to letting the foster youth into the family life and to cooperating with the adolescent's birth family. Previous findings about the importance of negotiations, mutual rituals, and having fun together in foster families for the creation of social bonds and belonging are strengthened in the follow-up interview. A lack of these mutual practices is observed prior to disruptions. Most adolescents still living with the same foster family feel a sense of belonging to both their foster and birth families, especially when both families cooperate. This is most evident in kinship families. Over time, adolescents in traditional foster families have also strengthened their social bonds to the foster family, which makes the difference to youth in network foster families less pronounced than in the previous study. Despite life changes, above all changing schools and peers, most adolescents reveal personal agency by still coping with their situation. However, therapeutic support is now more common than 1 year ago, for girls in particular. Methods used are interviews, network maps and text responses (‘beepers’).

  • 3.
    Hedin, Lena
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Foster youth's sense of belonging in kinship, network, and traditional foster families: an interactive perspective on foster youth's everyday life2012Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    List of papers
    1. Why one goes to school: what school means to young people entering foster care
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why one goes to school: what school means to young people entering foster care
    2011 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 43-51Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    In this interpretative childhood study of 17 boys and girls 13 – 16 years old placed in foster families, the experiences and attitudes towards school are explored. The importance of school as an arena for both learning and socialization is emphasized. Data were collected through interviews, network maps, and text answers via mobile phone (‘beepers’). Their educational improvement was based on their understanding of scholastic achievement as meaningful for their future, stability in daily routines, and the involvement and support of family, peers, and teachers. Access to peers at school is important, and group activities facilitate this. Because of their background, foster youth can also be exposed to bullying from peers. Both learning and socialization at school affect their self-esteem. 

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2011
    Keywords
    Adolescents, Foster care (family), education, gender, refugee children
    National Category
    Social Work Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Social Work Social Work
    Research subject
    Social Work
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-10765 (URN)10.1111/j.1365-2206.2010.00706.x (DOI)000285754400005 ()2-s2.0-78650255278 (Scopus ID)
    Projects
    The sense of belonging of girls and boys placed in kinship foster care and non-relative foster care – an interactive perspective
    Available from: 2010-05-22 Created: 2010-05-22 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
    2. Jokes and routines make everyday life a good life: on 'doing family' for young people in foster care in Sweden
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Jokes and routines make everyday life a good life: on 'doing family' for young people in foster care in Sweden
    2012 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 15, no 5, p. 700-715Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this article is to identify inclusion practices in foster families by studying the everyday life of young people entering various types of foster family. Structure and warmth in the family stand out as important dimensions of everyday life. What is not so evident in previous research is the way emotional 'warmth' is created. In particular, joking, gentle teasing and laughing, which in this paper stand out as important inclusion practices, seem to be rather unknown aspects in foster care, as is the importance of doing things together in everyday life. The young people's contributions in creating a good family atmosphere are visible in the study, as is their capacity to adapt to a new family. Daily routines normalise the adolescents' everyday life. Negotiations make them part of important decisions, and may strengthen them as social agents. Foster parents' positive attitude towards birth family facilitates birth parents' support to their children. In this case study, mixed qualitative methods are used: interviews, network maps, 'beepers' and video recordings in the foster home.

    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med denna artikel är att identifiera inkluderande familjepraktiker i familje-hemsvård genom att studera vardagslivet för ungdomar som kommer till olika slags familjehem. Struktur och värme i familjen framstår som viktiga dimensioner av vardagligt liv. Något som inte är så uppenbart i tidigare forskning är det sätt på vilket emotionell värme skapas. I synnerhet skämt, skojande och skratt, vilka i detta papper framstår som viktiga inkluderande praktiker, verkar vara tämligen okända aspekter av familjehemsvård, liksom i viss mån betydelsen av att i vardagen göra saker tillsammans. Ungdomarnas bidrag till att skapa en god familjeatmosfär synliggörs i studien, liksom deras förmåga att anpassa sig till en ny familj. Dagliga rutiner normaliserar ungdomarnas vardagsliv. Förhandlingar gör dem delaktiga i viktiga beslut och kan stärka dem som sociala aktörer. Fosterföräldrarnas positiva attityd mot ungdomarnas familj underlättar föräldrarnas stöd till sitt barn. I denna fallstudie används blandade kvalitativa metoder: intervjuer, nätverkskartor, ‘beepers’ och videoinspelningar i familjehemmet.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Routledge, 2012
    Keywords
    Inclusion Practices; Kinship Family; Everyday Life; Foster Children; Humour, Inkluderande Praktiker; Släktingfamilj; Vardagsliv; Fosterbarn; Humor
    National Category
    Social Work
    Research subject
    Social Work
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20764 (URN)10.1080/13691457.2011.579558 (DOI)000312185000007 ()
    Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
    3. Settling into a new home as a teenager: about establishing social bonds in different types of foster families in Sweden
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Settling into a new home as a teenager: about establishing social bonds in different types of foster families in Sweden
    2011 (English)In: Children and youth services review, ISSN 0190-7409, E-ISSN 1873-7765, Vol. 33, no 11, p. 2282-2289Article 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 families reported the strongest social bonds to their foster families and the adolescents in traditional foster families the weakest. This is in line with previous research. However, youth in network foster families with 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. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Keywords
    Everyday life, Foster youth, Family interaction, Social bond, Kinship foster family, Humour
    National Category
    Social Work
    Research subject
    Social Work
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20763 (URN)10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.07.016 (DOI)000296365500026 ()
    Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
    4. A sense of belonging in a changeable everyday life: a follow-up study of young people in kinship, network, and traditional foster families
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>A sense of belonging in a changeable everyday life: a follow-up study of young people in kinship, network, and traditional foster families
    (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    National Category
    Social Work
    Research subject
    Social Work
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20765 (URN)
    Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
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  • 4.
    Hedin, Lena
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Good relations between foster parents and birth parents: a Swedish study of practices promoting successful cooperation in everyday life2015In: Child Care in Practice, ISSN 1357-5279, E-ISSN 1476-489X, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 177-191Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The importance for foster children’s well-being of good relations between foster parents and birth parents is a common topic of research. This article aims to contribute to an understanding of how co-parenting by foster parents and birth parents works in everyday life, from both parties’ perspectives, whether or not they knew each other previously. The 10 studied cases, comprising altogether 19 interviews, concern teenage placements and are almost equally divided between kinship, network, and traditional foster families. This article claims that for co-parenting to be possible it is of vital importance to have an "open foster family", one that is open and welcoming toward the birth parents. Such openness includes the provision of regular information to the birth parents about the everyday life of their child, mutual planning of the child’s situation, and, most beneficially, invitations for face-to-face encounters between youth, foster parents, and birth parents. Both parties’ mutual engagement with the foster youth serves as the foundation of the cooperation. The service and support that social workers can offer in this process is important. Due to similarities between the family cultures, cooperation is facilitated in kinship foster families.

  • 5.
    Hedin, Lena
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Support and challenges in the process of leaving care: A Swedish qualitative follow-up study of foster youths' lived exeriences2017In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 500-514Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This in-depth follow-up study presents some foster youths' lived experiences from when they were teens in a new foster family through the process of leaving care. Their transition to adulthood was delayed because of disturbances in their school situation; however, as adults they took advantage of the possibility to study. The narratives reveale the crucial importance of social workers, and what is needed to make their relations with youth trustful. Even though there were placement breakdowns along the way, in retrospect they all see the benefits of their foster family: as a steady base when needed or just as a construction of a 'good family' that they keep in mind. Most striking is the young people's agency in overcoming challenges and obstacles, which led to increased maturity and self-confidence, though it depended on having some kind of security in their social situation. Facebook plays a vital role in keeping relationships alive, which is especially important for those without a secure base in their family or peer group. It appears that their striving for independence is intertwined with a need for interdependence on the way to adulthood, with varying emphasis over time. Mixed qualitative methods were used: interviews, network maps and The Expereince Sampling Method.

  • 6.
    Hedin, Lena
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Höjer, Ingrid
    Brunnberg, Elinor
    Jokes and routines make everyday life a good life: on 'doing family' for young people in foster care in Sweden2012In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 15, no 5, p. 700-715Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this article is to identify inclusion practices in foster families by studying the everyday life of young people entering various types of foster family. Structure and warmth in the family stand out as important dimensions of everyday life. What is not so evident in previous research is the way emotional 'warmth' is created. In particular, joking, gentle teasing and laughing, which in this paper stand out as important inclusion practices, seem to be rather unknown aspects in foster care, as is the importance of doing things together in everyday life. The young people's contributions in creating a good family atmosphere are visible in the study, as is their capacity to adapt to a new family. Daily routines normalise the adolescents' everyday life. Negotiations make them part of important decisions, and may strengthen them as social agents. Foster parents' positive attitude towards birth family facilitates birth parents' support to their children. In this case study, mixed qualitative methods are used: interviews, network maps, 'beepers' and video recordings in the foster home.

  • 7.
    Hedin, Lena
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Höjer, Ingrid
    Brunnberg, Elinor
    Settling into a new home as a teenager: about establishing social bonds in different types of foster families in Sweden2011In: Children and youth services review, ISSN 0190-7409, E-ISSN 1873-7765, Vol. 33, no 11, p. 2282-2289Article in journal (Refereed)
    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 families reported the strongest social bonds to their foster families and the adolescents in traditional foster families the weakest. This is in line with previous research. However, youth in network foster families with 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. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 8.
    Hedin, Lena
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Höjer, Ingrid
    Socialt arbete, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sverige.
    Brunnberg, Elinor
    Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
    Why one goes to school: what school means to young people entering foster care2011In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 43-51Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this interpretative childhood study of 17 boys and girls 13 – 16 years old placed in foster families, the experiences and attitudes towards school are explored. The importance of school as an arena for both learning and socialization is emphasized. Data were collected through interviews, network maps, and text answers via mobile phone (‘beepers’). Their educational improvement was based on their understanding of scholastic achievement as meaningful for their future, stability in daily routines, and the involvement and support of family, peers, and teachers. Access to peers at school is important, and group activities facilitate this. Because of their background, foster youth can also be exposed to bullying from peers. Both learning and socialization at school affect their self-esteem. 

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