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ERIC Number: ED309848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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The Separation Experiences of Foster Children.
Palmer, Sally E.
Reactions of foster children to separation from their families of origin were identified from case materials of 36 Canadian protective service workers. A broad range of reactions was apparent. Discussion focuses on anxiety, regression, physiological symptoms, denial of feelings, persistent attachment to rejecting or unreliable parents, rebellious behavior, delayed expression of feelings, vulnerability to subsequent separations, and self-blame regarding foster status. Concluding discussion briefly addresses the issues of age differences in separation reactions, coping mechanisms and their consequences, and the implications of the observations for Bowlby's theory of separation anxiety and Erikson's model of individual development. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada