Family-centred care: the ‘captive mother’ revisited

Shields, Linda (2016) Family-centred care: the ‘captive mother’ revisited. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 109 4: 137-140. doi:10.1177/0141076815620080

Author Shields, Linda
Title Family-centred care: the ‘captive mother’ revisited
Journal name Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-0768
Publication date 2016-04
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0141076815620080
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 109
Issue 4
Start page 137
End page 140
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract In 1969, Sir Roy Meadow published a paper in which he described the ‘captive mother’ as one who, admitted with her child, would be stuck in a hospital ward with a child with whom she would not normally spend much of her day. He argued that school-aged children would normally spend most of their time outside the home, under the influence of people other than their parents. A busy mother, whose job as housewife and carer of other children was jeopardised by having to stay away from the home, was caused great inconvenience and trouble, and it was unrealistic and put too much unnecessary pressure on the mother (and the family) to insist that she stay with the child. While mothers’ roles have changed, the ‘captive mother’ still resonates in relation to admission of children, and in particular in relation to family-centred care. It is time to rethink family-centred care.
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Additional Notes Published online 25 November 2015

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