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

LISA MORAN, Caroline McGregor, Carmel Devaney

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Abstract

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)1111-1129
Number of pages19
JournalQualitative Social Work
Volume19
Issue number5-6
Early online date28 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • permanence
  • stability
  • emotions
  • multidimensionality
  • foster care
  • multi-dimensionality
  • Permanence

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