Māori health research masters scholarship (2018 funding round)

Mrs Nari Hann
Massey University
The foster caregiving relationship with newborns who have feeding difficulties
12 months

Lay summary

The intention of this study is to expand on foster care research by looking at the caregiving relationship with newborns who have difficulties feeding. This study is a contemporary topic in New Zealand due to the high number of children placed in foster care every year, and the commonality of placement breakdowns. Placement breakdowns are a major contributory factor in the development of adverse outcomes experienced by this group of children throughout their lifespan. Many newborns who enter foster care experience complications, such as feeding difficulties. Problematic feeding times have been identified as influencing the caregiver-child interaction and consequently, many of the placements breakdown because of the difficulties experienced by caregivers during feeding, culminating in the child being passed around multiple placements in their short lifetimes. The aim of this research is to understand the experiences of caregivers when feeding newborn babies in foster care with feeding difficulties.

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