Le fonctionnement familial et l'expérience des parents qui ont recours aux visites supervisées : divergences et similitudes entre les clientèles référées par la Cour supérieure et celles référées par la Chambre de la jeunesse

Authors: Raiche, Simon
Advisor: Saint-Jacques, Marie-Christine
Abstract: Many problematic situations can weaken the family functioning. The family situations involving a danger for the safety of the child or one of the parents are among the circumstances that increase the vulnerability of the family members. In these situations, the supervised child visitation services are an option which maintains parent-child contact when the absence of supervision could expose the child to problematic situations. Families can be referred to this type of service under an order from the Youth Division of the Court of Québec (children in care under the Youth Protection Act), an order from the Superior Court of Québec (disputes between separated parents) or under a voluntary agreement. Studies on the subject show that these services have positive effects, especially on the parent-child relationship. However, few studies have compared these two supervision contexts. This research, which is exploratory-descriptive and based on a secondary data analysis, tends to identify similarities and differences in the experience and family functioning of parents using supervised child visitation according to these contexts. Thirty-five interviews with parents involved in these services were analyzed using the McMaster family functioning model (2008). Parents from both supervision contexts emphases the ability of the services to foster the development of the parent-child relationship, in addition to supporting the development of positive parenting skills. Impacts related to the parent lack of attendance are also underlined (e.g. the child’s feeling of security decreases). As for the differences, parents referred by the Superior Court stand out because of their misunderstanding of the role of supervisors and the impact that this entails (e.g. feeling of discomfort in the child). In youth protection, parents experience less confusion about the role of supervisors.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2018
Open Access Date: 8 June 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/30009
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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