Academic journal article Family Relations

Pain, Normality, and the Struggle for Congruence: Reinterpreting Residential Care for Children and Youth

Academic journal article Family Relations

Pain, Normality, and the Struggle for Congruence: Reinterpreting Residential Care for Children and Youth

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Anglin, J. P. (2002). Pain, Normality, and the Struggle for Congruence: Reinterpreting Residential Care for Children and Youth. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press. Hardcover ISBN: 0-7890-2141-4, $39.95; Paperback ISBN: 0-78902141-2, $27.95.

Anglin successfully provides a detailed report on the purpose, methods, and results of his 14-month qualitative study of the implicit and explicit structure of 10-well functioning residential group homes in British Columbia, Canada. He divided this report into nine chapters that cover historical and contemporary issues; research methods; theoretical framework developed from the data; the central theme of congruence; the task of creating an extrafamilial living environment; the task of responding to pain-based behavior; residents' need to develop a sense of normality; the results and existent literature; and implications for new directions in policy, education, practice, and research.

The researcher set broad criteria to identify adolescent residential homes that had the esteem of area professionals. Anglin describes the sampling and research methods thoroughly. The researcher used grounded theory methods to identify congruence as their overarching theme, which includes three subthemes. One of the best aspects of having an entire book to describe the results of a study is that there is plenty of room to present the rich data collected and to thoroughly discuss both the research process and the researcher's interpretations. Hence, Anglin was able to deliver a complex model of how well-working residential facilities actually construct and do their work. He was able to elaborate on how the three themes play out in the interpersonal interactions and multiple operational levels among staff, residents, families, and referral sources. At the same time, the results were written in such a way as to bring the participants alive to the reader, and this enabled me to periodically pause and reflect upon my own work over the years.

The primary importance of this book is the provision of the detailed information of an excellent study in a way that enables a diverse audience to garner relevant information. …

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