Sibling relationships in adoptive and fostering families: a review of the international research literature

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    This paper presents a review of the international research literature published since 2005 focusing specifically on sibling relationships in fostering and adoptive families. It presents an overview of the current state of knowledge regarding sibling relationships of fostered and adopted children as well as gaps and limitations. The review concludes that while methodological advances are apparent in this body of work siblinghood is poorly conceptualised and there has been inadequate attention to the perspectives of children. The paper goes on to suggest that one possible source of insight comes from recent work undertaken within social anthropology and sociology and the application of this theoretical and methodological approach to the study of siblinghood in out-of-home care is considered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages11
    JournalChildren and Society
    Early online date19 Nov 2015
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Nov 2015


    • adoption
    • sibling
    • foster care
    • looked after children
    • family

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