Working with Families of African Caribbean Origin: Understanding Issues around Immigration and Attachment

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Sep 15, 2011 - 160 páginas
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Many of those who emigrated from the Caribbean to the UK after World War II left behind partners and children, causing the break-up of families who were often not reunited for several years.

In this book, Elaine Arnold examines the psychological impact that immigration had on these families, in particular with relation to attachment issues. She demonstrates that the disruption caused by separation from both family and country often had long-term traumatic consequences. The book draws on two studies carried out by the author in 1975 and 2001. In the first, she interviewed mothers who had emigrated without their children, and in the second, children (now adults) who had been left behind and were later reunited with their parents.

This insightful book will assist all those working with people of African Caribbean origin in the UK to better understand their experiences and the impact that separation and loss has had on their lives. It is essential reading for social workers, counsellors, therapists and any other professionals working with families of African Caribbean origin.

 

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Contenido

Foreword
7
Acknowledgements
11
Preface
13
Introduction
15
Chapter 1 A Brief Historical Background of African Caribbean People
23
Chapter 2 Immigration of African Caribbean People to Britain
39
A Brief Account of Attachment Theory
57
Chapter 4 Narratives of African Caribbean Mothers Separated from and Reunited with their Children
71
Chapter 6 African Caribbean Women Reflecting on Separation in their Early Years and Reunion with their Mothers
101
Chapter 7 Implications for Work with African Caribbean Families
123
Appendix 1
141
Appendix 2
143
References
147
Subject Index
153
Author Index
159
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Chapter 5 Fathers in the Reconstituted Families
91

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Elaine Arnold is Director of The Separation and Reunion Forum, UK, an organization dedicated to highlighting the traumatic effects of broken attachments, separation and loss. Elaine has previously worked as a teacher, lecturer, child care worker, counsellor and psychiatric social worker. Her interest in attachment issues and separation was first sparked in the late 1940s when teaching in a school in a children’s home in Trinidad and Tobago, which housed children for a number of reasons including the emigration of parents.

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