A qualitative exploration of children's understanding of indiscriminate friendliness

Bennett, J., Espie, C., Duncan, B. and Minnis, H. (2009) A qualitative exploration of children's understanding of indiscriminate friendliness. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 14(4), pp. 595-618. (doi:10.1177/1359104509339137)

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Abstract

Eight young people (aged 9—14) were interviewed about indiscriminately friendly behaviour. The majority of the sample had a history of maltreatment and placements within foster and care settings. These young people were described as indiscriminately friendly by clinicians, guardians and via the Relationships Problems Questionnaire. Interview transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, a qualitative methodology. Emergent themes were drawn from interview data which highlighted the young people’s experiences of rejection and feelings of insecurity within their social interactions. While being aware of the risks associated with speaking to strangers and the efforts of adults attempting to protect them from the potential danger associated with indiscriminate friendliness, this group of young people demonstrated a trust of new people and a craving for kindness from others. Evidence was also collected which showed that these children attempted to exert control over others during social contact. These findings offer clinicians an insight into the social interactions of this vulnerable group of children and offer considerations for clinical practice.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Espie, Professor Colin and Minnis, Professor Helen
Authors: Bennett, J., Espie, C., Duncan, B., and Minnis, H.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Clinical Specialities
Journal Name:Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
ISSN:1359-1045

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