Pseudo Families: Caregiver/Institutional Maltreatment

Karel Kurst-Swanger and Jacqueline L. Petcosky

in Violence in the Home

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165180
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864966 | DOI:
 Pseudo Families: Caregiver/Institutional Maltreatment

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This chapter focuses on the maltreatment of children and adults in out-of-home care settings in which they are being cared for by pseudo families. These environments are much like traditional families in that they serve many of the same functions such as food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and social interaction. To distinguish this population from other types of families they are referred to as “pseudo” families. The chapter provides an argument that abuse within institutional settings is an appropriate issue to discuss within the context of family violence. The evolution of institutional care settings is discussed and the central role abuse has played in such facilities is also examined. It explores research related to the impact of institutional life on its residents and the process of institutionalization. It discusses the forms of maltreatment found within various settings, its consequences, and the systems that operate to intervene in such circumstances.

Keywords: institutional abuse; pseudo families; indirect self-destructive behavior; institutionalization; foster care; elder abuse; Medicaid fraud; long-term care; ombudsmen

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