Child and youth care through a constructive-developmental lens

Heather Modlin

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Previously, I have written about the discrepancy that exists between child and youth care as described in the literature, and child and youth care as it occurs in practice (Modlin, 2013). Instead of being a therapeutic environment, residential care can become quite the opposite. The pervasive frustration and anxiety that can be experienced by the staff, coupled with the entrenched emotional distress of the young people, often results in power struggles and ‘counter-aggression’ (Brendtro & Ness, 1983) between the staff and the young people
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalScottish Journal of Residential Child Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2015


  • child care
  • youth care
  • constructive development lens
  • residential care


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