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Collaboration with parents of youngsters in residential care

Lea Mikša (2013) Collaboration with parents of youngsters in residential care. Diploma thesis.

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    In the theoretical part of the thesis, I define family and its structural elements. I present risk factors in development of the individual, where I dedicate more attention to family factors. I explain formation and nature of emotional and behavioral problems. I clarify the leaving of a child/adolescent to an outside of family upbringing and describe life context in an institution. I dedicate most of the attention to the central part of the thesis – cooperation between parents and the institution. Here I am interested in the goals of cooperation, obstacles and forms of cooperation in Slovenian and foreign territory. In the empirical part, with the help of two methods – open type questions and half structured interview, I have explored, what forms of cooperation with parents are performed by professional workers, how they experience and rate this cooperation, with what obstacles they are confronted by, how they perceive experiences and behavior of parents with children, that are in an institution and what would be necessary by their estimation for more effective cooperation. Results have shown that professional workers in addition to standard formal forms of cooperation use many informal forms, which they perceive as successful. There are differences in use of forms of cooperation depending on the type of work place – between educators and counselors. First use forms, which are meant for information exchange, socializing, learning about life in an institution, coordination between parents and educators… In the other hand, counselors mostly use individual contact with parents, which are meant for changing behavioral patterns of parents and conflict resolution between parents and children. We can determine that attitude toward parent cooperation based on gender is different in some segments, but pedagogical workers are somewhat more tender, tolerant and understanding toward parent problems and invest more energy and time in cooperation with parents. Professional workers also report about obstacles, which I have sorted in four categories: situational obstacles (time distress, territorial distance, financial problems), personal obstacles of professional workers (lack of experience, knowledge, skills and uncertainty), obstacles, which concern parents and their conduct (insincerity, avoidance, unwillingness to cooperate, accusations, criticizing, commanding counselors) and systemic obstacles (leadership, organization system in an institution and Social Security Center). Professional workers feel that for effective cooperation we need: legislation to define a requirement for parents to cooperate more intensively with the institution, change institution organization in the way that allows better cooperation and equips professional workers with methods, strategies, knowledge and jurisdiction for this work. They also express the need in changing the views of counselors, the already mentioned enforcement of parent obligations and between them also obligation and right to cooperate with the institution, to make an effort to gain the trust of parents and to include them more intensively into child care at the time of institutional stay.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: emotional and behavioral problems, adolescents, institutional care, parents, cooperation with parents
    Number of Pages: 129
    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=9656393)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1541
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2013 12:50
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2013 12:50
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1541

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