Sibling relationships: Protective factors of sibling relationships for children in care

Naeema Firoz

Supervisor: Dr Saul Hillman

Course: MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology

This study is part of the What Happens Next project at the Anna Freud Centre which tracks the outcomes of maltreated children.

Reports used for assessments are provided by the Family Assessment Service. The coding instrument used to assess the functioning of each child is the Comprehensive Child Adaptation Measure, representing the psychological functioning of each child in comparison with other children (Target, Fonagy, Schneider, Janes & Hillman, 2000).

This exploratory study will quantitatively and qualitatively examine 15 children in care, between the ages of 5 to 11 years. Through group comparisons of siblings and singletons, via CCAM scores, as well as qualitative analysis of sibling pairs, an in depth understanding of the nature of the sibling relationship will be established.