Abandoned: How Children Suffer When a Parent Deserts Them
Featuring children's voices describing the trauma and suffering they feel when their parents leave, Abandoned explores psychological theories of mothers' and fathers' roles in children's lives and offers practical advice to those who care for children traumatized by parental abandonment.

Parents leave their children for many reasons, including divorce, work, imprisonment, mental health, and domestic violence. While children may appear to understand these reasons, their hearts are often broken; they are traumatized and grieve their parent's absence. Their pain shows itself in a variety of maladaptive behaviors and emotions, such as anxiety, panic attacks, self-injury, low self-efficacy, anger, and excessive or inappropriate online use.

In Abandoned, counseling psychologist Andrea Francis draws on classic and current research to describe the critical roles of mothers and fathers in their child's development. Stories told by children and family members are woven throughout the book to demonstrate the social, emotional, and psychological impact of parental abandonment. The children represent different ethnicities and socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, highlighting that the pain of parental abandonment is felt keenly by all children regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or culture. Francis's theory of "twoness" helps explain how children often cope.

Along with its study of children's trauma, this book offers interventions derived from the author's experience, including multicultural activities that offer hope, resilience, and healing for abandoned children.
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Abandoned: How Children Suffer When a Parent Deserts Them
Featuring children's voices describing the trauma and suffering they feel when their parents leave, Abandoned explores psychological theories of mothers' and fathers' roles in children's lives and offers practical advice to those who care for children traumatized by parental abandonment.

Parents leave their children for many reasons, including divorce, work, imprisonment, mental health, and domestic violence. While children may appear to understand these reasons, their hearts are often broken; they are traumatized and grieve their parent's absence. Their pain shows itself in a variety of maladaptive behaviors and emotions, such as anxiety, panic attacks, self-injury, low self-efficacy, anger, and excessive or inappropriate online use.

In Abandoned, counseling psychologist Andrea Francis draws on classic and current research to describe the critical roles of mothers and fathers in their child's development. Stories told by children and family members are woven throughout the book to demonstrate the social, emotional, and psychological impact of parental abandonment. The children represent different ethnicities and socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, highlighting that the pain of parental abandonment is felt keenly by all children regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or culture. Francis's theory of "twoness" helps explain how children often cope.

Along with its study of children's trauma, this book offers interventions derived from the author's experience, including multicultural activities that offer hope, resilience, and healing for abandoned children.
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Abandoned: How Children Suffer When a Parent Deserts Them

Abandoned: How Children Suffer When a Parent Deserts Them

by Andrea Francis
Abandoned: How Children Suffer When a Parent Deserts Them

Abandoned: How Children Suffer When a Parent Deserts Them

by Andrea Francis

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Featuring children's voices describing the trauma and suffering they feel when their parents leave, Abandoned explores psychological theories of mothers' and fathers' roles in children's lives and offers practical advice to those who care for children traumatized by parental abandonment.

Parents leave their children for many reasons, including divorce, work, imprisonment, mental health, and domestic violence. While children may appear to understand these reasons, their hearts are often broken; they are traumatized and grieve their parent's absence. Their pain shows itself in a variety of maladaptive behaviors and emotions, such as anxiety, panic attacks, self-injury, low self-efficacy, anger, and excessive or inappropriate online use.

In Abandoned, counseling psychologist Andrea Francis draws on classic and current research to describe the critical roles of mothers and fathers in their child's development. Stories told by children and family members are woven throughout the book to demonstrate the social, emotional, and psychological impact of parental abandonment. The children represent different ethnicities and socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, highlighting that the pain of parental abandonment is felt keenly by all children regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or culture. Francis's theory of "twoness" helps explain how children often cope.

Along with its study of children's trauma, this book offers interventions derived from the author's experience, including multicultural activities that offer hope, resilience, and healing for abandoned children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798216170747
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 06/30/2023
Series: Practical and Applied Psychology
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 889,999
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 7 - 17 Years

About the Author

Andrea Francis, PhD, is a psychotherapist and former school counselor.
Andrea Francis, PhD, is a psychotherapist and former school counselor.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
PART I: Mother and Father Roles and Child Development
1. Abandoned
2. Moms and Attachment to Their Children
3. Dads and Attachment to Their Children
4. Child Development and the Importance of Parents
PART II: Why Parents Abandon Their Children
5. Why Moms Leave
6. Why Dads Leave
7. Why Both Parents Leave
8. Parental Abandonment: Traumatic for Children
PART III: Strategies for Healing
9. Twoness Contextualizes How Children Cope
10. What Children Need
11. Grandparents Help to Heal
12. Self-Care for Carers
PART IV: Taking Care of the Children
13. Positive Psychology Interventions for Well-Being
14. Butterfly Stages: Metamorphosis Model of Interventions
PART V: Conclusion: The Circle of Support
15. My Story: Full Circle
Afterword
Notes
Resources
Index

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Carolyn Cooper

"With literary sophistication and scholarly precision, Andrea Francis tells a compelling story of trauma journeys and regeneration. She passionately recounts the struggles and triumphs of generations of young people whom she has nurtured. Rooted in personal experience, Abandoned documents the author’s own journey to healing; it is a powerful testimony to the therapeutic power of empathy."

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