By Lisa Aronson Fontes
This expertly written publication offers an obtainable framework for culturally powerfuble perform with childrens and households in baby maltreatment instances. a number of manageable concepts and urban examples are offered to assist readers handle cultural matters at every one level of the overview and intervention procedure. execs and scholars study new methods of brooding about their very own cultural viewpoints as they achieve serious abilities for maximizing the accuracy of checks for actual and sexual abuse; overcoming language limitations in dad or mum and baby interviews; respecting households' values and ideology whereas making sure kid's security; making a welcoming supplier setting; and more.
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Although typically one finds greater cultural diversity the lower one descends in the professional status hierarchy, supervisors and researchers are more likely to be White and middle or upper middle class. This affects the expectations and stereotypes they bring to their writing and thinking about cultural issues in child abuse, and therefore has an impact on the field. Starting in the mid-1990s, research and treatment literature began to emerge focusing on cultural issues in child maltreatment in North America.
If the family is relying on these individuals and we can find ways to bring them onto our side, we can usually be more effective. And finally, it is easy to grow impatient with caretakers who have not followed our recommendations and who appear to be “doing nothing” although their child is suffering. It is important to ask the caretakers what they have been doing—they may be engaged in an elaborate process to help a child recover that is invisible to us because it does not conform to the usual practices of our own culture.
One stolen paycheck, one car accident, one sick but uninsured family member, and an entire family can be pushed from “just getting by” into the lack of adequate care that constitutes neglect. Dubowitz (1999) urges us to focus on the child’s unmet needs rather than on parental wrongdoing when we try to determine if a child has been neglected. S. society for its “collective neglect” in failing to provide policies that support families in caring for children, and in failing to provide adequate healthcare, childcare, preschool education, and housing for families.