Exploring the multi-dimensionality of permanence and stability: emotions, experiences and temporality in young people’s discourses about long-term foster care in Ireland

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This paper focuses on qualitative findings on how young people in long-term foster care in Ireland interpret permanence and stability. We focus principally on subjective and relational permanence, emphasising the significance of these concepts for social work, while extending some conceptual approaches to permanence. Importantly, findings from this study highlight conceptual gaps in how permanence and stability are conceptualised in research and we outline an approach which more fully embraces the multidimensionality of young people’s life experiences and emotions. Recent studies underline that permanence encompasses several elements (e.g. ecological, legal). However, this paper extends current research in illustrating how Irish young people in foster care experience permanence and stability every day, and how these experiences embrace discursive, emotional and temporal dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalQualitative Social Work
Early online date28 Aug 2019
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Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • permanence
  • stability
  • emotions
  • multidimensionality
  • foster care

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  • Outcomes for permanence and stability for children in care in Ireland: implications for practice.

    Devaney, C., McGregor, C. & Moran, L., 24 Sep 2018, In : British Journal of Social Work. p. 1-20

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    Outcomes for permanence and stability for children in long-term care in Ireland

    Roarty, N., Leinster, J., McGregor, C. & Moran, L., 23 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Outcomes for permanence and stability for children in long-term care in Ireland. 5, p. 52-62

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