Evidence for Using Farm Care Practices to Improve Attachment Outcomes in Foster Children: A Systematic Review
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Anecdotal evidence suggests that care farming practices have the potential to provide positive outcomes for young people in foster-care and residential care environments. A systematic review (searching; CINAHL, Web of Knowledge, PsychInfo) was conducted to explore how participation in care farming initiatives impacts attachment in children in foster-care and what aspects of care farming initiatives provides positive attachment outcomes. The systematic review did not identify any research publication in care farming and foster-care. Therefore, it is imperative that practitioners realise that the evidence is lacking when using these types of interventions and keep a close account of the benefit and harms that may be encountered during the interaction processes.
British Journal of Social Work
Copyright 2015 Oxford University Press. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Social Work following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Evidence for Using Farm Care Practices to Improve Attachment Outcomes in Foster Children: A Systematic Review, British Journal of Social Work, (2016) 46 (5): 1241-1248, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcv070.
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Health and Community Services
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology