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Looked After Children: Education, School and Unauthorised Absence – Perspectives from Young People

Cassidy, T, O'Neill, Emma / E and O'Connor Bones, Una (2016) Looked After Children: Education, School and Unauthorised Absence – Perspectives from Young People. Journal of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry, 6 (1). [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.15406/jpcpy.2016.06.00343

Abstract

This paper reports the findings of a research project which explored why there are higher rates of unauthorised absence from school among Looked after Children (LAC) in Northern Ireland. Four young people who were currently looked after and also had a history of unauthorised absence from school participated in semi-structured, one to one interviews. Focus was placed on their perceptions of education, experiences of school and was factors contributed to their engagement in unauthorised absence from school. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis conducted on the interview transcripts revealed that bullying, negative perceptions of teachers and lack of meaning to attend school were key issues identified. The role of teacher/pupil attachment and resilience measures are also discussed.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Looked After Children. Education, Unauthorised Absence
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Psychology Research Institute > Health, Education and Well-being
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:34919
Deposited By: Prof Tony Cassidy
Deposited On:28 Jun 2016 10:55
Last Modified:19 Oct 2016 14:35

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