Young people's views on the impact of care experiences on their ability to form positive intimate relationships

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Title: Young people's views on the impact of care experiences on their ability to form positive intimate relationships
Authors: Hyde, Abbey
Fullerton, Deirdre
Lohan, Maria
Dunne, Laura
Macdonald, Geraldine
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Date: 1-Oct-2017
Abstract: Existing literature tells us that one of the factors important to the sexual health and intimate relationships of adolescents is the extent to which teenagers feel emotionally connected and supported by their families. In this article, we analyse the experiences of disconnectedness from their families and transience during childhood reported by a sample of young adults formerly in care, and the influence they believed this had on their sense of security and later intimate relationships. The sample comprised 19 young adults aged 18–22 years who were interviewed about experiences associated both directly and indirectly with sexual health, during which childhood experiences of transience emerged as an issue. Findings indicated that disconnectedness and transience were experienced as distressing for participants, generating feelings of rejection and compromising their sense of trust in others. Feelings of insecurity and mistrust were reported by some to influence their adult relationships. We conclude that while not always possible, social care professionals should endeavour to support enduring relationships with trusted adults and continuity of carer among young people in care.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Adoption & Fostering
Volume: 41
Issue: 3
Start page: 242
Copyright (published version): 2017 Sage
Keywords: Care leaversFamily connectednessIntimate relationshipsSexual healthSupportTransienceTrust
DOI: 10.1177/0308575917714375
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems Research Collection

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