Teenage Pregnancy Among Young People in and Leaving Care: Messages and Implications for Foster Care.
Adoption & Fostering 2006, Spring, 30, 1
Adoption & Fostering
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Previous research has shown that looked after children and young people are vulnerable to poor life outcomes, including early pregnancy. Abigail Knight, Elaine Chase and Peter Aggleton discuss findings from a Department of Health-funded study on teenage pregnancy among young people in and leaving care. Using in-depth interviews, data were collected from 63 recently looked after young people aged 15 to 24 and from 78 associated professionals from a range of backgrounds, across four research sites. This paper focuses specifically on young people's experiences of foster care and the interface between foster care and the emotional influences surrounding pregnancy, opportunities for and challenges to learning about sex and relationships, and the provision of support during pregnancy and early parenthood. Findings suggest the need to provide foster carers with support, training and guidance concerning relevant and appropriate education for young people with regard to sex and relationships. The findings also indicate the need for specialist guidance on these matters in mother and baby foster care placements so as to benefit foster carers, young parents and their babies alike. Key words: teenage pregnancy, foster care, looked after children and young people, leaving care
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- Categoría: Familia y relaciones sociales
- Publicación: 22/03/2006
- Editorial: British Association for Adoption & Fostering
- Páginas impresas: 31 páginas
- Idioma: Inglés