The Notion of Interdependence and its Implications for Child and Family Policy

Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, Vol. 17, 2005

25 Pages Posted: 27 May 2020

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Susan L. Brooks

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Ya'ir Ronen

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

The authors claim that the recognition of interdependence as a guiding principle of child and family policy has the potential to transform legal systems to make them less punitive and more constructive, less judgmental towards individuals and more empathetic to the protection of relationships and self-constructed identities. By embracing the notion of interdependence, our societies can be moved toward greater recognition of our common humanity to the great benefit of children and their families, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

Four lenses are articulated in this paper: Therapeutic jurisprudence, preventive law, family systems theory, and culture. The paper shows how these lenses point toward more supportive rather than punitive types of interventions in the lives of children and their families. The pa-per demonstrates that, despite the fact that questionable parental behavior may initially engender feelings of anger and aversion, an empathetic public response – one that recognizes the reality of the interdependence between parents and children – not only comports with current enlightened interdisciplinary approaches, but also promotes child and family well-being. The authors suggest that such a response not only be contemplated and understood, but that it should also re-frame child and family policies and practices. The family group conference model represents a tool for such re-framing.

Keywords: Children’s Rights, Domestic Violence, Family Group Conference, Family Systems Theory, Identity, Interdependence, Mediation, Preventive Law, Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Suggested Citation

Brooks, Susan L. and Ronen, Ya'ir, The Notion of Interdependence and its Implications for Child and Family Policy (2005). Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, Vol. 17, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3587913

Susan L. Brooks (Contact Author)

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

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United States

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Ya'ir Ronen

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ( email )

1 Ben-Gurion Blvd
Beer-Sheba 84105, 84105
Israel

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