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Kauhanen, I., Kaukko, M., & Lanas, M. (2022). Pockets of love. Unaccompanied children in institutional care in Finland. Children and Youth Services Review, 141, 106621.

Pockets of love : unaccompanied children in institutional care in Finland

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Author: Kauhanen, Iida1; Kaukko, Mervi2,3; Lanas, Maija1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
3Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-12-29


This article discusses how needs for loving relationships are met for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Finland. The data was collected through a focused ethnography with 13 unaccompanied children. The findings show that institutional protocols and practices fail to consider the need for love of these children, hindering their possibilities to create or maintain loving relationships. The findings also suggest that new loving ties could be created when individuals invested in them.

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Series: Children and youth services review
ISSN: 0190-7409
ISSN-E: 1873-7765
ISSN-L: 0190-7409
Volume: 141
Article number: 106621
DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106621
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation [Grant number 00180491] and The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (MLL) research foundation. This research is also part of the Mobile Futures research project, funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) established within the Academy of Finland [Grant numbers 345154 and 345401.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 345401
Detailed Information: 345401 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2022 The Authors. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (