This study explores the impact of Residential Care on forming relationships in life.
The research was designed to determine what kind of relationship difficulties are
experienced by individuals who had been raised in residential care. Indepth
interviews were conducted with a sample of four women, aged 40-45 yrs, who had
spent their formative years in a Care centre.
Prior to the qualitative research, a questionnaire was designed to explore three
particular areas: Early development, Transition experience on leaving care,
Experiences in forming and sustaining relationships.
This questionnaire was used to carry out the interviews with the four women.
It was predicted that the results would show that the interviewees experienced
difficulties in relationships, as a result of their experiences in care. The results of the
research supported this prediction. Each of the interviewees did, in fact, express
difficulties in relationships, both friendships and intimate relationships. The
respondents attributed this to their experiences in their formative years, in Care. The
author further contends that their relationship difficulties can be attributes to the early
experience of separation and loss, prior to entering Care. This is supported by the
findings of the theorists in Early Development and other related research in this area.