Citizens' Views In Four Jurisdictions On Placement Policies For Maltreated Children.
Skivenes, Marit. Thoburn, June.
Published: November 2017
Child and Family Social Work
Vol. 22, No. 4 , p. 1472-1479
John Wiley & Sons
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Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
Citizens' opinions on child protection public policy are a key dimension of the legitimacy of a political order. We have conducted a survey vignette on a representative sample of citizens (N = 4,003) in England, Finland, Norway, and California, USA. The findings show that citizens' opinions are clearly in favor of adoption (75%) rather than long?term foster care (25%). Context may partly explain the findings, as the responses of the majority of Anglo?American respondents are in line with practice in their countries but for the Nordic respondents, there is a substantial discrepancy between citizens' opinions and on?going child protection practices. (Author abstract)
child abuse; societal attitudes; child protection; cross cultural studies; adoption; family reunification; foster care