Love in a Time of Colic: Mobilizing Professional Love in Relationships with Children and Young People to Promote Their Resilience and Wellbeing

Martin Purcell, Jools Page, James Reid

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Abstract

Children and young people in the UK face myriad challenges,
which we characterize as colic1: the deleterious impact of
uncertainty, stress and precarity on their mental health and
wellbeing, particularly in their social bonds and relationships.
We present findings from studies in the North of England
which used focus group, individual interview and experimental
LEGOVR modeling sessions with 23 child and youth professionals
working in a variety of roles and settings, to determine
how demonstrating love within their professional relationships
with children and young people can scaffold their resilience
to these challenges and enhance mental health and wellbeing.
We use thematic analysis to make meaning from the data,
and we relate the findings to our extrapolation of Page’s
developmental steps in early years professional practice, highlighting
the potential for the concept of Professional Love to
enhance children and young people’s wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalChild & Youth Services
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2020

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Keywords

  • children and young people
  • Professional Love
  • relationships
  • resilience
  • wellbeing

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