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First released in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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That they can deal with what life throws at them. This, in effect, is likely to create a sense of confidence in themselves as individuals, and to contribute to a higher level of self-esteem. The opposite is likely to be the case with externals. While locus of control relates to an internal psychological state, the environment itself may be such that this reflects the real circumstances of their lives. For example, where individuals live in less responsive environments, they may, rightly, fail to see connections between their efforts and outcomes.

Milham et al. (1986) found that children frequently came into care in crisis, and many of the placements were made in emergencies (Packman 1986). Furthermore, evidence emerged that placement changes (breakdown) occurred in over half the children coming into care within the first six months, and many long-term placements were made in a hurry following previous breakdown (Berridge and Cleaver 1987). Finding an adequate match between child and substitute family was not straightforward. Furthermore, the longer the period in care grew, the less likely were the family to remain in contact with the child.

Challenge relates to Dimensions of Coping 41 future harm/loss, and involves the opportunity to achieve growth or mastery by using more than routine resources to meet a demand. At a personal level – and this is the level which interests us when we interview the women, in the first instance – meaning is subjective, and yet affected by the norms and expectations of the social group, and the history and experiences of individuals. The ways in which, for example, a mother makes sense of an argument with her teenage son depends on her perceptions of his motivation, on her interpretation of the content of what he says and his motivation for saying it.

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