Eve: From victim to healthy survivor?

Mary Cody

in Developing reflective practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9781861342386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302032 | DOI:
Eve: From victim to healthy survivor?

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This chapter presents a case study concerning the author's social work experience with thirteen-year-old Eve who was placed for adoption with her half-brother eleven-year-old Simon. It explains that Eve's parents have become increasingly concerned about her unpredictable mood swings and that she is verbally and physically abusive and recently there has been a pattern of running away. The author uses attachment theory to understand the ambivalent and resistant behaviour of Eve. This chapter discusses the social work process, the author's session with Eve and the author's evaluation of the effectiveness of her intervention method.

Keywords: social work; children; mood swings; abusive behaviour; resistant behaviour; attachment theory; adoption

Chapter.  3300 words. 

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