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

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posted on 01.10.2004, 00:00 authored by K Eitzen, Jennifer McintoshJennifer Mcintosh
A common phenomenon observed in children residing in foster care is their tendency
to call their foster carers “Mum” or “Mummy”. Concerns are often raised about
the appropriateness of this, with some workers and decision-makers in child
protection strongly advocating against it. Foster carers are also often unsure how to
handle the situation when it occurs. On the one hand, foster carers may feel
compelled to take the advice of caseworkers to not allow this practice, yet on the
other hand, feel they are rejecting a child, and a vital part of the developing
relationship, if they do not allow themselves to be called “Mum”.

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Journal

Journal of family studies

Volume

10

Issue

2

Pagination

273 - 281

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1322-9400

eISSN

1839-3543

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2004, Taylor & Francis

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