Observation as a therapeutic intervention for infants and young children in care

Wakelyn, Jenifer (2012) Observation as a therapeutic intervention for infants and young children in care. Infant Observation: The International Journal of Infant Observation and Its Applications, 15 (1). pp. 49-66. ISSN 1369-8036

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More than half of all children entering care in the UK are infants and children under five. The emotional and mental health needs of this population tend to be overlooked. Research described in this paper aimed to find out about the experience of an infant or young child in care and to inform training and support for health and social care professionals. The study found that therapeutic observation with a looked-after infant was feasible and provided an in-depth perspective on the experiences of the baby and his foster carers. The paper outlines the clinical context, defines therapeutic observation, describes stages in the first year of life of the observed infant and his transition to adoption, discusses functions of the therapeutic observer, describes applications of the research and makes suggestions for further research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Available online: 27 Feb 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords: Looked After Children, Transition, Foster Care
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adoption & Fostering- Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2012 14:08
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 10:28
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/623

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