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ERIC Number: EJ949843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0266-7363
An Evaluation of Consultation Sessions for Foster Carers and Adoptive Parents
Osborne, Cara; Alfano, Julia
Educational Psychology in Practice, v27 n4 p395-413 2011
The aim of the study was to examine whether consultation sessions provided by educational psychologists (EPs) offer a useful way of supporting foster and adoptive parents. Feedback was collected from 101 EPs and 78 foster and adoptive parents through the use of a short questionnaire at the end of each session. As might be expected, educational issues were the main focus of the sessions, although other areas such as behaviour management and emotional well-being were also addressed. In general, both EPs and carers were enthusiastic about the sessions, with carers reporting that they found it helpful to be able to discuss their concerns, receive practical advice, set goals and gain a new insight into their situation. These findings were supported by an increase in carers' feelings of confidence, and a decrease in their feelings of concern, following the sessions. Such findings endorse the use of EP-led consultation sessions as a means of supporting foster and adoptive parents. (Contains 1 note and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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