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ERIC Number: EJ957277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
Food in Foster Families: Care, Communication and Conflict
Rees, Alyson; Holland, Sally; Pithouse, Andrew
Children & Society, v26 n2 p100-111 Mar 2012
This study explores the significance of food and mealtimes in relation to the transition into foster care and the therapeutic settling of the child in a new family. In doing so, we draw upon an in-depth, qualitative case study of 10 experienced foster families in the UK focusing on what helped them to be successful. At the time of the study, there were 16 foster children, aged 9-16, living with the families. Data collection included semi-structured qualitative interviews and audio-diaries with all family members who wished to be involved as well as eco-maps produced by the young people. Thematic analysis and data extracts are reproduced in the study to demonstrate that meals and food preferences can function to affirm identities, membership and boundaries of family life as well as provide a site of conflict and control.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom