The experiences of parents and children in fostering and adoptive families

  • Eimear Mannion

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctorate in Clinical Psychology


This thesis consists of two studies. 

The empirical study investigates  the lived experiences of concurrent caring in Northern Ireland using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA).

 The second study consists of a qualitative evidence synthesis exploring the experiences of the birth children of foster carers of living in fostering families, using thematic synthesis. 

The resulting themes and implications for research and practice are discussed in each.

Thesis is embargoed until 31 December 2024.
Date of AwardDec 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SupervisorRhiannon Turner (Supervisor) & David McCormack (Supervisor)


  • Foster care
  • adoption
  • concurrent care
  • qualitative research
  • fostering
  • birth children of foster carers
  • systematic review

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