A Study of Twenty Sibling Groups Under Care of the Catholic Home Bureau to Determine the Effect of Separation on Siblings 1940 – 1950
Background of the Study. "It has been established culturally and by law that the ‘nurture, support and training‘ of the child is the responsibility of the family. It is recognized that within the family group the child is best prepared for meeting the demands of adult life and living in a democratic society. Recent studies of the child have shown that emotional growth and personality development are determined by the child’s primary relationships to his own parents and siblings." The value of family life for the child is undisputable in terms of its being best suited for him to realize the fullest spiritual, emotional and physical development. It follows as an accepted fact that every child who has to leave his own home and family to live away from them suffers both a deep emotional and social effect. "In considering the welfare of a child we realize that when services from persons other than his own parents are necessary, something has happened in his life which, unless skillfully handled, may leave lasting scars." The reasons for placement outside their own homes include those children who have no homes of their own - foundlings, children born out-of-wedlock, full orphans without interested relatives. In addition there are the abandoned, neglected and deserted children. There are further less obvious reasons though fully as damaging to a child - situations in which the parent-child relationship is not treatable enough to make it possible for the child to remain at home. Children are also deprived of their own homes through the incompetance frequently of one or the other parent or through mental or physical illness on the part of the parent.
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Dilworth, Agnes Dolores, "A Study of Twenty Sibling Groups Under Care of the Catholic Home Bureau to Determine the Effect of Separation on Siblings 1940 – 1950" (1951). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30724927.