1st Edition

Patterns of Residential Care Sociological Studies in Institutions for Handicapped Children

    Originally published in 1971, this title describes a series of studies dealing with the upbringing of children in residential institutions. Most work has been carried out in institutions for children with learning disabilities, although units caring for able but deprived children and children with physical disabilities have also been examined. The investigations have been concerned with the detailed nature of different institutional environments – that is, the routine patterns of daily life in hospital wards, hostels and cottages of children’s homes – rather than with the effects of specific child-rearing practices upon the intellectual, emotional and social development of the children. The more precise delineation of ‘the environment’ is an essential step towards the evaluation of residential services and the interpretation of their effects upon those who use them, yet this is an area which had received little systematic attention from social scientists at the time.

    This book is a re-issue originally published in 1971. The language used is a reflection of its era and no offence is meant by the Publishers to any reader by this re-publication.

    Acknowledgments  Part 1: Background to the Studies  1. Introduction  2. Children in Residential Care  3. Child Development and Methods of Upbringing  4. The Sociology of Residential Institutions  Part 2: Varieties of Residential Care: Field Studies  5. Four Large Institutions  6. Administration, Staffing and Patterns of Responsibility  7. Patterns of Care 8. Child Management: Some Preliminary Conclusions  Part 3: Some Determinants of Care: A Survey  9. Child Management Practices and Institutional Organization: Some Hypotheses  10. Research Design and Methods  11. Child Management Practices in Hostels, Hospitals and Voluntary Homes  12. Staffing and Child Management  13. Staff Roles and the Way they are Performed  14. The Responsibility and Training of Senior Staff  Part 4: Conclusions  15. Summary and Conclusions.  Appendices.  References.  Index.


    Roy D. King, Norma V. Raynes and Jack Tizard