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      Do you love me? An empirical analysis of the feeling of love amongst children in out-of-home care

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          Questions about whether love can be offered in residential child care units, whether combining child protection and safeguarding in social work with loving care or care with love is possible, and whether children and young people feel loved by someone who is paid to care for them, have raised long-standing issues. Social pedagogy puts such questions at the core of its philosophy and practice, and has been a fundamental part of care in Denmark for many years. Drawing on a Danish survey of 1,400 children in out-of-home care, this paper analyses the subjective feeling of love amongst children living in out-of-home care. The main moderating factors for feeling loved are the feeling of security and the feeling of social support, the tangible counterpart of Honneth’s concept of recognition.

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          The extended version of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire as a guide to child psychiatric caseness and consequent burden.

          The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a brief behavioural screening questionnaire that asks about children's and teenagers' symptoms and positive attributes; the extended version also includes an impact supplement that asks if the respondent thinks the young person has a problem, and if so, enquires further about chronicity, distress, social impairment, and burden for others. Closely similar versions are completed by parents, teachers, and young people aged 11 or more. The validation study involved two groups of 5-15-year-olds: a community sample (N = 467) and a psychiatric clinic sample (N = 232). The two groups had markedly different distributions on the measures of perceived difficulties, impact (distress plus social impairment), and burden. Impact scores were better than symptom scores at discriminating between the community and clinic samples; discrimination based on the single "Is there a problem?" item was almost as good. The SDQ burden rating correlated well (r = .74) with a standardised interview rating of burden. For clinicians and researchers with an interest in psychiatric caseness and the determinants of service use, the impact supplement of the extended SDQ appears to provide useful additional information without taking up much more of respondents' time.
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            Love, rights and solidarity: Studying children’s participation using Honneth’s theory of recognition

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                Role: Senior Researcher, SFI
                International Journal of Social Pedagogy
                UCL Press (UK )
                1 December 2016
                : 5
                : 1
                : 90-103
                The Danish National Centre for Social Research Herluf Trolles Gade 11, DK-1052Copenhagen K, Denmark
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                Mette Lausten is Senior Researcher, MA. Econ., Ph.D., at SFI - The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Copenhagen, Denmark. She has 25 years of experience in working quantitatively on survey- and register data, publishing articles and books on her research interest on children in out-of-home care, children in preventive care, and child wellbeing in general. Lausten is author of articles in e.g. Child and Family Social Work and Social Indicators Research. She is also an active member of international research networks including SLLS, Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, and EUSARF, the European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents.

                Signe Frederiksen is Researcher, MA. Soc., Ph.D., at SFI - The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Copenhagen, Denmark. Her Ph.D. concentrated on long-term outcomes of children in out-of-home care such as educational attainment, labor market attachment and crime. She has been involved in register-based studies of relative effects of between different types of out-of-home care as well as survey-studies on the wellbeing among children in out-of-home care.

                Lausten, M. & Frederiksen, S. (2016). Do you love me? An empirical analysis of the feeling of love amongst children in out-of-home care. [Joint Special Issue, Love in Professional Practice]
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