Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > What was care like for me? A systematic review ...

Electronic data

  • What was care like for me Systematic Review Cameron et al

    Rights statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Children and Youth Services Review. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Children and Youth Services Review, 138, 2022 DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106524

    Accepted author manuscript, 430 KB, PDF document

    Embargo ends: 12/11/23

    Available under license: CC BY-NC-ND: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

Links

Text available via DOI:

View graph of relations

What was care like for me? A systematic review of the experiences of young people living in residential care

Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

Published

Standard

What was care like for me? A systematic review of the experiences of young people living in residential care. / Cameron-Mathiassen, Jacqueline; Simpson, Jane; Leiper, Julie et al.

In: Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 138, 106524, 31.07.2022.

Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

Harvard

APA

Vancouver

Cameron-Mathiassen J, Simpson J, Leiper J, McDermott E. What was care like for me? A systematic review of the experiences of young people living in residential care. Children and Youth Services Review. 2022 Jul 31;138:106524. Epub 2022 May 5. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106524

Author

Bibtex

@article{e9d07acd021c428e8f19845b132adcc0,
title = "What was care like for me? A systematic review of the experiences of young people living in residential care",
abstract = "Residential care can be a relevant option for young people with behavioural problems considered beyond the capacity of the young person{\textquoteright}s own home or foster care to manage. While some care home residents go on to excel in life, others do not. Understanding how young people{\textquoteright}s experiences of residential care impact on their well-being might help us improve the outcome possibilities for individual residents. This systematic review of qualitative research aimed to synthesize and identify the experience of living in residential care and suggest how these findings can enhance the well-being of this group in the future. Five relevant databases were searched for qualitative empirical studies published between 1990 and January 2020. Twelve papers met the inclusion criteria. The studies were thematically synthesised to produce findings.Four high-order analytical themes were constructed: autonomy and control; relationships and support; safety and security; and, child to adult transitions in care. These high-order themes revealed a varied experience of care with some young people experiencing stability and security as well as support towards achieving normative milestones. For others the findings revealed experiences of not being heard and understood by the care institution, creating experiences of poor well-being and a reduction in agentic development. In addition, peer relationships were experienced both positively as friendships and support developed within some care homes and negatively when the peer group accepted bullying and violence as normative behaviour. This review recommends further research into how the care community culture impacts on young people. Finally, this review calls for research on how agency is developed and supported among young people in residential care, and how poorer psychological well-being can be better understood within the realm of residential care.",
keywords = "Youths, Young adults, Residential Care, Well-being, Experiences",
author = "Jacqueline Cameron-Mathiassen and Jane Simpson and Julie Leiper and Elizabeth McDermott",
note = "This is the author{\textquoteright}s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Children and Youth Services Review. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Children and Youth Services Review, 138, 2022 DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106524",
year = "2022",
month = jul,
day = "31",
doi = "10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106524",
language = "English",
volume = "138",
journal = "Children and Youth Services Review",
issn = "0190-7409",
publisher = "Elsevier Ltd",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - What was care like for me? A systematic review of the experiences of young people living in residential care

AU - Cameron-Mathiassen, Jacqueline

AU - Simpson, Jane

AU - Leiper, Julie

AU - McDermott, Elizabeth

N1 - This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Children and Youth Services Review. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Children and Youth Services Review, 138, 2022 DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106524

PY - 2022/7/31

Y1 - 2022/7/31

N2 - Residential care can be a relevant option for young people with behavioural problems considered beyond the capacity of the young person’s own home or foster care to manage. While some care home residents go on to excel in life, others do not. Understanding how young people’s experiences of residential care impact on their well-being might help us improve the outcome possibilities for individual residents. This systematic review of qualitative research aimed to synthesize and identify the experience of living in residential care and suggest how these findings can enhance the well-being of this group in the future. Five relevant databases were searched for qualitative empirical studies published between 1990 and January 2020. Twelve papers met the inclusion criteria. The studies were thematically synthesised to produce findings.Four high-order analytical themes were constructed: autonomy and control; relationships and support; safety and security; and, child to adult transitions in care. These high-order themes revealed a varied experience of care with some young people experiencing stability and security as well as support towards achieving normative milestones. For others the findings revealed experiences of not being heard and understood by the care institution, creating experiences of poor well-being and a reduction in agentic development. In addition, peer relationships were experienced both positively as friendships and support developed within some care homes and negatively when the peer group accepted bullying and violence as normative behaviour. This review recommends further research into how the care community culture impacts on young people. Finally, this review calls for research on how agency is developed and supported among young people in residential care, and how poorer psychological well-being can be better understood within the realm of residential care.

AB - Residential care can be a relevant option for young people with behavioural problems considered beyond the capacity of the young person’s own home or foster care to manage. While some care home residents go on to excel in life, others do not. Understanding how young people’s experiences of residential care impact on their well-being might help us improve the outcome possibilities for individual residents. This systematic review of qualitative research aimed to synthesize and identify the experience of living in residential care and suggest how these findings can enhance the well-being of this group in the future. Five relevant databases were searched for qualitative empirical studies published between 1990 and January 2020. Twelve papers met the inclusion criteria. The studies were thematically synthesised to produce findings.Four high-order analytical themes were constructed: autonomy and control; relationships and support; safety and security; and, child to adult transitions in care. These high-order themes revealed a varied experience of care with some young people experiencing stability and security as well as support towards achieving normative milestones. For others the findings revealed experiences of not being heard and understood by the care institution, creating experiences of poor well-being and a reduction in agentic development. In addition, peer relationships were experienced both positively as friendships and support developed within some care homes and negatively when the peer group accepted bullying and violence as normative behaviour. This review recommends further research into how the care community culture impacts on young people. Finally, this review calls for research on how agency is developed and supported among young people in residential care, and how poorer psychological well-being can be better understood within the realm of residential care.

KW - Youths

KW - Young adults

KW - Residential Care

KW - Well-being

KW - Experiences

U2 - 10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106524

DO - 10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106524

M3 - Journal article

VL - 138

JO - Children and Youth Services Review

JF - Children and Youth Services Review

SN - 0190-7409

M1 - 106524

ER -