Exploring self-care practices in foster carers: a qualitative study

Miko, Amy L. and Berger, Emily and Krishnamoorthy, Govind ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1515-1103 (2022) Exploring self-care practices in foster carers: a qualitative study. Journal of Public Child Welfare. pp. 1-23. ISSN 1554-8732


Abstract

This study aimed to explore how foster carers conceptualize and engage in self-care using interviews with 8 participants. Results suggest that self-care practices are an important component of maintaining the physical and mental health of foster carers, preventing burn-out and enhancing therapeutic parenting practices. Several barriers to self-care are identified, including systemic barriers as well a foster carers’ own feelings of guilt for prioritizing their own needs. Results indicate that self-care requires a collaborative approach between foster carers and the broader child welfare system. Improved self-care specific training, resources and coaching from agencies were also identified as important outcomes.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2022 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2022 -)
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2022 04:05
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2022 04:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: foster care; Self-care; retention; qualitative; out of home care
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200401 Behaviour and health
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15548732.2022.2027844
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46987

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