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Who works in residential care? A Preliminary Exploration of the Attachment Styles of Residential Care Workers
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|Title: ||Who works in residential care? A Preliminary Exploration of the Attachment Styles of Residential Care Workers|
|Issue Date: ||2008 |
|Abstract: ||The children who are placed in residential care represent some of the most damaged and traumatised young people in the country. ... .This small scale and exploratory study was designed to examine one particular aspect of this complex environment; namely the distribution of attachment styles amongst residential care workers. Whilst much has been written about the relationship between toxic early environment and the subsequent insecure attachment classifications of these young people, there is a general paucity of research into the attachment styles of those who care for them. And this despite the evidence that suggests a strong relationship between attachment style, resilience and the transmission of security. Distribution of attachment style was determined by applying the Attachment Style Interview developed by Professor Bifulco and not yet applied to this population. Whilst a series of nine is clearly too small to enable any more general comments, the findings, nevertheless, indicated that less than half of this group were securely attached; tht a significant proportion evidenced styles and degrees of insecurity associated with major depression and that the majority had experienced difficult or traumatic events in thier own early lives. The possible ramifications of these findings are discussed and tentative conclusions reached in relation to staff selection.|
|Description: ||Masters Dissertation|
|Keywords: ||Residential care|
Residential care workers
|Appears in Collections: ||UKCP Collection|
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