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Peer relations in small group homes

Saša Borovnik (2013) Peer relations in small group homes. Diploma thesis.

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    The purpose of this thesis is to present peer relations in children’s residential homes or a small group homes. In the theoretical part, I name the factors that influence the child's/adolescent's development and the reasons that lead to his accommodation at children's residential. I describe the life at the small group homes where I pay a special attention to peer relations and their influences on an adolescent. In the empirical part, I present the results of a qualitative research where I conducted some interviews with the adolescents that live in small group homes. I wondered how they perceived friendship and peer relations in the group. The results show that the adolescents in the group get along differently well, are mostly satisfied with the relations, and some of them also have a best friend in the group. So, the friendships among them also work as a safety factor as they give them a feel of belonging, support at the arrival to the group, mutual trust, and help. On the other hand, bullying such as insulting and mockery can also be detected in a groups but usually as a case of minor conflicts due to “bugging”, use of common things, personality differences, borrowing property without permission etc. that come with cohabitation. One of the key findings is that peer relations can appear in both roles – as a safety factor and also as a risk factor. One of the purposes of this thesis is also to emphasize the importance of awareness of peer influence in small group homes. It is especially significant that the educators are aware of this influence, and try to create a good group atmosphere that will support adolescent’s development.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: peer relations, small group homes, children's residential homes, adolescence, friendship, bullying
    Number of Pages: 124
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Alenka KoboltMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9653577)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1524
    Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2013 13:54
    Last Modified: 19 Jun 2013 13:54
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1524

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