Children in care: victims of the system

Crawford, Elizabeth A. (1990) Children in care: victims of the system. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This is a study which explored the reasons children entered care in Newfoundland during a two year period. The study is an exploratory one utilizing secondary analysis. One hundred case files were randomly selected from the files of all children who entered care during the period under study. Five propositions were formulated from the literature. These provided direction to the data collection and presentation. Reasons for care were analyzed in relation to these propositions. Briefly stated, the study found that children under 6 years entered care primarily for reasons related to parental behaviour. Children 12 - 15 years entered care primarily for reasons related to their own behaviour. There was no strong trend established for reasons for entry into care for children between 6 and 11 years. The findings also indicated that the majority of children who entered care came from single parent families and that the main source of income for families was social assistance. The study indicated that children who entered care were victims of a system which failed to meet their needs and those of their families.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5937
Item ID: 5937
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 140-147.
Department(s): Social Work, School of
Date: March 1990
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Child welfare--Newfoundland and Labrador; Children--Institutional care--Newfoundland and Labrador

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