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The home‐self and out‐of‐home placement: The home concept among adults educated in their childhood at a residential care setting

Abstract This study proposes to examine the phenomenology of home among 46 Israeli adults who had been deemed "at‐risk children" and removed from their home by court order in their childhood on the grounds of parental mistreatments, such as abuse and neglect. For a comprehensive understanding of the long‐term impact of out‐of‐home placement, adults of different ages were interviewed. The research findings reflect the close connection between home concept and self‐concept, a long‐standing internal dialectic between the home that did not exist and the home (as an internal‐emotional space) that the adults would have liked to have. Furthermore, our findings reveal what we term the life career of the home concept, that is, the various diachronic phenomenological definitions that adults grant to the home‐self in childhood, anchored in the family home, during their time in a residential care setting, their adolescence, and their adulthood. The discussion addresses the unique self‐concept and home concept of care leavers.

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