Mother blaming: A covert practice in therapeutic intervention

Julaine Allan

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In this article I will discuss the continuing discursive support for idealised motherhood, describe some ways mother blaming is practiced within therapeutic intervention and discuss the implications of this for social work practice. The article is based on a qualitative study of professionals who provide therapeutic intervention for sexually violent children and their families. The case examples discussed come from this study and describe the roles attributed to mothers in causing and maintaining their children's sexual violence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-70
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Social Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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