Rules for Realness

in Kinship by Design

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226327594
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226328072 | DOI:
Rules for Realness

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This chapter considers pioneers in social work and psychiatry who believed that therapeutic approaches, such as casework and counseling, would diminish adoption stigma and enhance realness. Jessie Taft, Dorothy Hutchinson, Charlotte Towle, Viola Bernard, and Florence Clothier collectively exposed the links among family making, maternalist reform, professional help, personality adjustment, and the normalization of children and families.

Keywords: social work; psychiatry; casework; counseling; adoption; Jessie Taft; Dorothy Hutchinson; Charlotte Towle; Viola Bernard; Florence Clothier

Chapter.  13988 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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