In the best interests of children and youth

International perspectives

Hans Grietens, Walter Hellinckx, and Willy Lahaye

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Edited volume - paperback

This book deals with the implementation and application of the "in the best interests of the child principle" in research and practice.
With contributions by authors from nine different countries (United States, Belgium, France, Norway, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Israel, Ireland, Canada) an international perspective is adopted. An outline of the theme is given in the introductory chapter. The main part of the book consists of three parts. The first part contains three chapters illustrating the search for theory-driven and empirically-based models to deal with the complexity of parenting. In the second part which contains five chapters, illustrations about the implementation and application of the best interests principle in child and youth care practice are given. Part three (four chapters) is focusing on the organization of child and youth care systems according to the best interests principle.


Chapter 1: Serving the best interests of children and youth in a globalizing and diverse world: some introductory thoughts
H. Grietens

Part one: Modeling the complexity of parenting

Chapter 2: The dynamics of positive parenting: psychological, social and cultural contexts
J.E. Dumas

Chapter 3: Japanese American and South American immigrant mother's perceptions of their own and their spouses' parenting styles
L.R. Cote and M. Bornstein

Chapter 4: Risk factors of child neglect and physical abuse
E. Palacio-Quintin

Part two: The best interests principle in child and youth care practice

Chapter 5: Creating 'prosthetc environments' for vulnerable children: emergent cross-national challenges for traditional child and family services practice and research
J.K. Whittaker

Chapter 6: An American training program for parent-child communication assisted by an interactive and evaluative CD-ROM adapted for French-speaking countries
G. Phiton and D. Gordon

Chapter 7: The dynamics of screening and setting indications for treatment in an integrated system of child and youth care
E.J. Knorth and H.J. Josias

Chapter 8: Selected aspects of education and contact with birth family amongst young people aged 13-14 years in long term foster care in Ireland
R. Gilligan and F. Daly

Chapter 9: User participation and child protection. A structural framework for collaboratin in core groups
M. Skiveness and E. Willumsen

Part three: Organizing child and youth care according to the best interests principle

Chapter 10: Respect for diversity in early childhood education
M. Vandenbroeck

Chapter 11: Networking in youth care. Towards a common engagement
R. Roose

Chapter 12: In the best interests of the child. Jewish and civic perspectives
S. Romi and I.Z. Gilat

Chapter 13: Child maltreatment. Learning from tragedy. Lessons from child deaths
C. Cocker

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 240 × 160 × 20 mm

268 pages

ISBN: 9789058674890

Publication: November 04, 2005

Series: Studia Paedagogica 42

Languages: English

Stock item number: 45897