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

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posted on 2010-05-01, 00:00 authored by Heather D'Cruz, Karen StagnittiKaren Stagnitti
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.

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Journal

Child and family social work

Volume

15

Issue

2

Pagination

216 - 225

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Location

Oxford, England

ISSN

1356-7500

eISSN

1365-2206

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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