No home away from home: A qualitative study of care leavers' perceptions and experiences of 'Home'

Natalier, K and Johnson, G 2014, 'No home away from home: A qualitative study of care leavers' perceptions and experiences of 'Home'', Housing Studies, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 123-138.


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Title No home away from home: A qualitative study of care leavers' perceptions and experiences of 'Home'
Author(s) Natalier, K
Johnson, G
Year 2014
Journal name Housing Studies
Volume number 30
Issue number 1
Start page 123
End page 138
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper explores the cultural and biographical specificity of home by examining the connections between young people's experiences of out-of-home care and their definitions of home. The paper draws on 77 in-depth interviews with young people who had lived away from their families in the Australian out-of-home care system. The paper applies a psycho-social conceptualisation of 'home' to argue that home was a crucial symbol through which these young people imagined a less challenging future and claimed identities of 'being normal'. The majority remembered their time in out-of-home care as a time of instability and insecurity in terms of both housing and relationships; they did not feel at home in these contexts. These histories informed young people's experiences and imagining of home and their sense of identity within and after out-of-home care, as they defined home as fundamentally different from out-of-home care. Their definitions incorporated shelter, emotional well-being, control, routine, caring relationships and stability.
Subject Social Policy
Keyword(s) Foster care
Home
Ontological security
Out-of-home care
Placement instability
DOI - identifier 10.1080/02673037.2014.943698
Copyright notice © 2014 Taylor & Francis
ISSN 0267-3037
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