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Meaningful interactions with pre-school children receiving integrated family services
As part of the Tusla Development and Mainstreaming Programme, this piece of research is associate with the “Networks and Meitheal Work Package Evaluation Plan” conducted by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. This research area of interest is: pre-school children’s interactions in the context of early intervention, prevention and family support. This research aims to study how meaningful interactions with pre-school children receiving integrated family services, can improve children’s outcomes. It views children from a holistic perspective based on the Ecological Model and is guided by the National Policy Framework for Children & Young People (2014). A sequential exploratory mixed methods design will be applied.
Melissa was born in Brazil in an Italian descent family. Besides English, the researcher speaks Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. She holds a Pre-school Teaching qualification and a BA in Communications and Public Relations (UFSM), a postgraduate degree in Educational Management (UNIJUI), a Certificate in International Development (University of Ulster) and an MSc in Development Studies (UCD). In terms of professional experience, Melissa has a background working in communications, education (early years) and the development field. She has also set up (in Brazil) and been first Chair of a community association for child education for underprivileged children. She has been living in Ireland, since 2007, apart from working trips to India, Africa, Palestine and Latin America.
Melissa Bonotto- firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Matters: An explorative study of the family relationships of young people who have experience of the care system.
The growth of divorce, lone parent families, births outside marriage and de-traditionalisation have led to the emergence of a new set of values about marriage, family and the caring for and the development of children and young people. Ideas about and experiences of family types and relationships seem to play a significant role in shaping individuality. Some research in relation to young people who have experience of the care system suggests that some children experience more successful outcomes in their placements where contacts have been maintained with key figures in their lives, namely parents and families. Moreover, it seems that the quality of a young person’s relationship with family is a key indicator of positive outcomes for that young person.
This research study aims
- To explore the topic of family relationships for people aged 18-23 who have had experience of years residential and relative care (included also are those who may no longer be in the care system but who are still 23 years or younger).
- To explore what family means to young people in care.
- To explore policy and legal frameworks in Ireland, the UK and Canada in relation to the family.
- To contribute to the further development of research policy and practice in relation to young people in care and their families.
The study will use a mixed method approach. Grounded Theory will be deployed for research design and analysis. Grounded Theory addresses the inter-relationships between people’s beliefs and actions in their local and larger social worlds. GT analysis will be applied to the current proposed research in the following manner: an initial attempt to identify and develop categories within the data; an attempt to ‘saturate’ these categories with many appropriate cases in order to explore their relevance; developing these categories further into more general analytic frameworks with relevance outside the setting; the development of a substantive theory, grounded in the perceptions of the research participants.
A multiphase mixed methods study of the significance of natural mentors in the lives of Irish and Croatian youth
Children are in contact with adults other than their parents, such as their grandparents, friends of their parents and educators, from their early childhood. Growing up, many developed a strong relationship with some or many of these adults in our surroundings. Often they become role models and can greatly influence youth’s development.
This research is examining the nature of natural mentoring relationships that youth may experience and to explore the meaning and value of these relationships from the perspectives of young people.
The aim is to examine:
• whether Irish and Croatian youth identify natural mentors in their lives and see them as important;
• the characteristics and functions of mentors and the youths’ relationships with them;
• how youths’ relationship with natural mentors contributes to their development;
• differences between Irish and Croatian youth with regard to these factors.
Recent research shows that youth that reported having a mentor show better long-term outcomes including psychosocial, educational and vocational adjustment, but processes in these relationships are still unknown. Using mixed methods approach this research is connecting processes and outcomes of these relationships embedded in cultural values within these two European countries.
Barbara Mirkovic- email@example.com