Positive parenting support during family reunification

M. A. Balsells Bailón, A. Mateos Inchaurrondo, A. Urrea Monclús, E. Vaquero Tió

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    © 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article presents the results of a qualitative study that explores parenting skills when a child returns home after a period of foster care in the child protection system. There were a total of 135 participants, including 63 child protection professionals, 42 parents and 30 children and adolescents. The data were analysed using content analysis submitted to peer review. Triangulating the voices of children with the input of parents and professionals rendered it possible to identify needs for the consolidation of family reunification in five dimensions: adjustment of parenting skills, adaptation to the needs of the child, social support, more accurate perception of one’s role, and parental self-efficacy. These findings suggest particular characteristics in the development of both generally applicable skills and skills specific to positive parenting that can improve the chances of a successful reunification process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1566-1578
    JournalEarly Child Development and Care
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2018


    • child protection
    • family reunification
    • parental self-efficacy
    • parenting skills
    • Positive parenting
    • social support


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