A qualitative exploration of children’s understanding of indiscriminate friendliness

Julie Bennett, Colin Espie, Barbara Duncan, Helen Minnis

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Eight young people (aged 9—14) were interviewed about indiscriminately friendly behaviour. The majority of the sample had a history of maltreatment and placements within foster and care settings. These young people were described as indiscriminately friendly by clinicians, guardians and via the Relationships Problems Questionnaire. Interview transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, a qualitative methodology. Emergent themes were drawn from interview data which highlighted the young people’s experiences of rejection and feelings of insecurity within their social interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-618
Number of pages24
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009


  • psychology
  • indiscriminate friendliness
  • reactive attachment disorder


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