Adopted children's co-production and use of "trove" (a digitally enhanced memory box) to better understand their care histories through precious objects

Debbie Watson*, Beth Lancaster, Chloe Meineck

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Abstract

This paper presents an innovative project to develop and trial a prototype product called ‘trove’ to start to address challenges identified regarding current practice of life story work with children who are looked after and adopted. trove is a digitally enhanced memory box that utilises raspberry pi (a small single board computer) and RFID (Radio-frequency identification) technologies to enable children to record their memories and to attach these to their precious objects using an electronic tag: providing a safe 'container' for their mementoes and memories. Located in theories of narrative identity and object attachment and drawing on Brodinsky’s (2006) concept of communicative openness, we describe the children's' engagements in the design and report the results of a small trial of 10 troves with adopted children in England.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-628
Number of pages15
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume23
Issue number4
Early online date28 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • Life story work
  • Object Attachment
  • Narrative identity
  • Communicative openness

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