When parents love and don't love their children : some children's stories

D'Cruz, Heather and Stagnitti, Karen 2010, When parents love and don't love their children : some children's stories, Child and family social work, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 216-225.

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Title When parents love and don't love their children : some children's stories
Author(s) D'Cruz, Heather
Stagnitti, Karen
Journal name Child and family social work
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 216
End page 225
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010-05
ISSN 1356-7500
1365-2206
Keyword(s) Child-centred practice
Children's stories
Parental love and care
Participatory practice
Summary This paper discusses a small pilot study with Anglo-Australian children aged 6 to 8 years. The children expressed through stories of what it meant for them when parents love and care for their children, and when they do not. Themes from stories of parental love and care included: relationships, shared special times, being safe and protected, and physical affection. Stories about parents who did not love or care for their children covered themes of abandonment, isolation and sadness. The study contributes an approach that can improve professional practice with children and early outcomes showing the importance of seeking children's perspectives in decision-making about their welfare.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
Socio Economic Objective 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032053

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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