Title: Abandoned babies — abandoned issue
Author: Lorraine Sherr, Natalie Hackman
Publication: Counselling Psychology Quarterly
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: Jan 1, 2002
Copyright © 2002 Routledge
Abandoned babies generate enormous interest but very little academic or systematic study. The psychological state of their mothers and consideration of their fathers is not studied and access to these groups are restricted or unavailable. This pilot study grapples with the concepts of abandonment, looks at patterns over time via notifiable criminal record data and explores systematic factors by way of newspaper report analysis. The discourse around abandonment is emotive. More boys are abandoned than girls. Newborn abandonments differ from older babies in that parents are rarely identified and society judges them with sympathy. Finders are emotionally moved, but rarely included in ongoing policy. Some pointers for future policy are drawn.
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