Book Review: Growing Up with Goldstein, Freud, and Solnit
58 Tex. L. Rev. 1343 (1980)
18 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2019
Date Written: July 31, 2019
Explaining how the authors’ prior conclusions and their newer work fit together, this review highlights the emphasis on parental autonomy and family integrity in Before the Best Interests of the Child (1979) by Joseph Goldstein, Anna Freud, & Albert J. Solnit. After critiquing several details, the review commends the book for clarifying in a straightforward and accessible way the order in which the analysis must proceed, with family integrity dominating the early stages of intervention (invocation and adjudication), before any consideration of the child’s best interests, which should take place only at the dispositional stage.
Keywords: best interests, children, family integrity, parental autonomy, state intervention
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