A special problem in primary prevention: The family that cares about their children but is not able to rear them

Author: Miller, W.T.
Year: 1981
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Journal of Clinical Child Psychology
Volume: Winter
Pages: 38-41
Abstract: When parents care about their children but are unable to rear them due to their own emotional or intellectual limitations, special ethical issues are evoked for those who plan help or make decisions about these children and their families. The seemingly impossible dilemmas are clear, as well as the need for better approaches to these children and their families. It is essential that professionals deal with these dilemmas rather than avoid them. Better models for services and careful evaluation research are important to help us determine the most effective way to intervene. One model that might be better would be a kibbutz-like alternate living situation for these families. Such a model would protect the meaning of the ties between children and their parents and also provide responsible care for the children.

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