FSD3738 Finnish Experiences of Running Away from Substitute Care 2022-2023

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  • Räsänen, Pia (University of Turku)
  • Jama, Subeida (University of Turku)


adolescents, child protection, children in care, family life, foster care, residential child care


The dataset consists of self-administered written texts on the experiences of people who have run away from substitute care. The data were originally collected for a Master's thesis.

The data were collected with a writing invitation which was targeted at individuals with experiences of running away from substitute care. Participants were directed to write a free-form account of their experiences. For example, participants could write a broader text describing their life and their experience with running away from substitute care, or describe a specific situation or event related to running away from substitute care. The writing invitation also contained a few questions to support the writing process. These questions included, for example, what running away had been like, what life in substitute care was like, and what emotions participants had felt during their runaway experiences.

Background information included the participant's gender, age group, type of substitute care, and the age when the participant first ran away from substitute care. The data were organised into an easy to use HTML version at FSD.

The dataset is only available in Finnish.

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