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Battling the Passions: The Birth of a Conceptual Understanding of Suspicion for Child Abuse and Neglect


Einboden, R and Rudge, T and Varcoe, C, Battling the Passions: The Birth of a Conceptual Understanding of Suspicion for Child Abuse and Neglect, Aporia: the nursing journal, 3, (2) pp. 5-14. ISSN 1918-1345 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Legal obligations for reporting child abuse and neglect have positioned suspicion as a trigger for nursing responses. Suspicion dwells between emotion and thought, and is fraught with uncertainty. Given the importance of suspicion to initiating child protection, suspicion requires critical examination. Spinoza’s ideas of the imagination, and his distinctive inclusion of emotions in understanding human knowledge, provide a framework to explore the human experience of suspicion. These theoretical dimensions of suspicion are illustrated using a recent newspaper article of a missing child in Sydney, Australia. This process reveals the ontological vulnerability of the human mind to construct knowledge that is heavily influenced by our emotionality, our close social connections and our social values. Attending to these vulnerabilities generates new possibilities for understanding and using human suspicions of child abuse and neglect more effectively and creatively in nursing practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:child abuse and neglect, mandatory reporting, nursing practice, Spinoza, suspicion
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political theory and political philosophy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Social class and inequalities
UTAS Author:Einboden, R (Ms Rochelle Einboden)
ID Code:107969
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-01
Last Modified:2016-05-25
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