Building Bridges: The Collaborative Development of Culturally Appropriate Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect for the South Asian Community

Canadian CW research

Maiter, Sarah
Trocmé, Nico
George, Usha


Children’s Aid Societies, Toronto: 9 pages.


This study emerged from concerns raised by providers of social services to South Asians-Canadians that many of their clients experienced many problems with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) during child welfare interventions. These service providers felt that problems arose because of a lack of understanding of the norms, values and parenting approaches of the group. A mixed-method exploratory study was conducted with 29 South Asian parents, 18 mothers and 11 fathers, to understand the discipline styles and help-seeking approaches of South Asian-Canadian parents, what they perceive as unique about their parenting approaches and the issues that they confront in raising children in Canada.

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