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"Can I call you Mummy?" Weighing political correctness against psychological need in foster care

Eitzen, Kylie and McIntosh, Jennifer 2004, "Can I call you Mummy?" Weighing political correctness against psychological need in foster care, Journal of family studies, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 273-281, doi: 10.5172/jfs.327.10.2.273.

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Title "Can I call you Mummy?" Weighing political correctness against psychological need in foster care
Author(s) Eitzen, Kylie
McIntosh, JenniferORCID iD for McIntosh, Jennifer orcid.org/0000-0003-4709-5003
Journal name Journal of family studies
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 273
End page 281
Total pages 9
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2004-10
ISSN 1322-9400
1839-3543
Summary A common phenomenon observed in children residing in foster care is their tendencyto call their foster carers “Mum” or “Mummy”. Concerns are often raised aboutthe appropriateness of this, with some workers and decision-makers in childprotection strongly advocating against it. Foster carers are also often unsure how tohandle the situation when it occurs. On the one hand, foster carers may feelcompelled to take the advice of caseworkers to not allow this practice, yet on theother hand, feel they are rejecting a child, and a vital part of the developingrelationship, if they do not allow themselves to be called “Mum”.
Language eng
DOI 10.5172/jfs.327.10.2.273
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1607 Social Work
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091134

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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