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Sibling contact among Swedish children in foster and residential care: Out of home care in a family service system
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2012 (English)In: Children and youth services review, ISSN 0190-7409, E-ISSN 1873-7765, Vol. 34, no 2, 396-402 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article investigates siblingcontact among Swedish fostered children in foster and residentialcare. The study also examines a potential link between siblingcontact and psychosomatic status. Highly structured interviews were conducted with 240 young people (13–18 years) in out of homecare. Results show unfulfilled desire for siblingcontact among children in Swedishout-of-homecare. Nearly 40% of the children interviewed see their siblings more seldom than monthly and a good half of the children—more girls than boys—want more siblingcontact. The longer the time the children have spent in care, the greater is the risk of being without contact with brothers and sisters; and the more seldom the children see their siblings, the more they crave contact. The Swedishfamilyservicesystem is obviously no guarantee of fostered children keeping their desired contact with brothers and sisters. Thus, an important task for social workers and others involved in the life of separated children is to open opportunities for contact—if the children want it. From achildren's rights perspective, it is fundamental to facilitate siblingcontact among fostered children according to their own wishes.

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2012. Vol. 34, no 2, 396-402 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-65198DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.11.008ISI: 000300129600009OAI: diva2:461679
Available from: 2011-12-05 Created: 2011-12-05 Last updated: 2015-06-11Bibliographically approved

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