Transcending borders: Social support and resilience, the case of separated children

B Smyth, Mary Shannon, P Dolan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The specific support needs of separated children are widely documented, with the additional risks and care concerns making this a particularly complex and vulnerable group. More recently, researchers have also turned their attention to the strength and resilience evident within this group. This paper presents a summary of the findings from a small-scale qualitative study undertaken to better understand the perceived social support networks of such young people in the Irish context. The issues of their particular needs and vulnerability along with information about their social support and resilience as key findings from the study are discussed, and tentative recommendations for practice set out. This discussion is informed and contextualized by reference to social support and resilience theory, which is used as a lens to explore issues for this group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-295
JournalTransnational Social Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Separated children
  • social support
  • resilience


Dive into the research topics of 'Transcending borders: Social support and resilience, the case of separated children'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this