Abstract

I develop a model of love or care between children and their parents guided by experiences of parents, especially mothers, with disabilities. On this model, a caring relationship requires both parties to be aware of each other as a particular (not interchangeable) person and it requires reciprocity. This does not mean that children need to be able to articulate their interests, or that they need to be self-reflectively aware of their parents' interests or personhood. Instead, parents and children manifest their understanding of one another as unique, irreplaceable individuals, with identifiable needs and interests through their interactions with one another.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 181-200
Launched on MUSE
2005-11-28
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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