Investigating self-perceptions and resilience in looked after children

Kyla L. Honey, Paul Rees, Simon Griffey

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The perceptions of Looked After Children (LAC; n = 51), their Designated Teachers (DTs), and a sample of non-LAC (n = 99) were elicited. LAC held more positive self-perceptions than the non-LAC, and similarly positive ratings were given for the LAC by their DTs; but LAC held lower career aspirations than the non-LAC. LAC differed in their levels of resilience, in terms of the number of risk and protective factors identified for each child. Girls had more protective and fewer risk factors than boys. Moreover, a high incidence of protective factors in LAC was associated with positive self-perceptions, and a high incidence of risk factors was associated with negative self-perceptions. The implications of these findings for educational psychology practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-52
Number of pages16
JournalEducational Psychology in Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Designated teachers (DTs)
  • Levels of resilience
  • Looked after children (LAC)
  • Protective factors
  • Risk
  • Self-perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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