Silenced Suffering: the Disenfranchised Grief of Birthmothers Compulsorily Separated from their Children

Silenced Suffering: the Disenfranchised Grief of Birthmothers Compulsorily Separated from their Children

Silenced Suffering: the Disenfranchised Grief of Birthmothers Compulsorily Separated from their Children

Silenced Suffering: the Disenfranchised Grief of Birthmothers Compulsorily Separated from their Childrens

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Référence bibliographique [12378]

McKegney, Sherrie. 2003. «Silenced Suffering: the Disenfranchised Grief of Birthmothers Compulsorily Separated from their Children». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université McGill, École de travail social.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«Peu d’efforts ont été faits pour comprendre les expériences subjectives des nouveaux parents qui sont engagés dans le système social pour les enfants, surtout ceux qui ont été dénués en permanence de leurs droits de parents. La recherche entreprise ici tente une première investigation de ce problème négligé […].» (p. iii)

Questions/Hypothèses :
«Cette recherche suppose implicitement que ces mamans souffrent en effet d’énorme douleur à cause de la perte de leurs enfants, peu importe ce que disent les évaluations des agences d’assistance sociale concernant leur capacité en tant que parents.» (p. iii)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«The participants for this research consist of [four] birthparents who have lost permanent custody of at least one of their children as a result of neglect or chronic problems as determined by the Child Welfare System and (Family Court) of Frontenac County, located in and around the City of Kingston.» (p. 44)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


According to the author, «the research critically evaluates how child welfare practice and policy might serve to exacerbate incumbent issues of loss, ultimately disenfranchising this already isolated and stigmatized population. Therefore, this qualitative study endeavours to assist not only child protection workers, but also the greater community in better understanding what it is like to be a ''chi Id welfare parent'' who has had her parental rights terminated, and to be aware of the existing imbalance of power between child welfare agencies and the clientele they serve. The study ultimately aims to help ensure that human dignity and genuine respect are not lost in the work of child protection.» (p. ii)