Attachment, emotions and kinship caregiving: an investigation into separation distress and family relatedness in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstani households

Sanghera, Balihar, Ablezova, Mehrigiul, Botoeva, Aisalkyn (2012) Attachment, emotions and kinship caregiving: an investigation into separation distress and family relatedness in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstani households. Families, Relationships and Societies, 1 (3). pp. 379-396. ISSN 2046-7435. (doi:10.1332/204674312X656293) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article examines how children relate to birth parents after separation and reunion, which often produce negative emotions and distort family support in adolescence and adulthood. In Kyrgyzstan, large-scale migration to urban areas and overseas, widespread poverty and a weak welfare state have generated the practice of informal kinship caregiving that enables primary caregivers living in poverty to temporarily migrate, leaving their babies and young children in the care of grandparents or other close relatives. A prolonged period of time passes before birth parents and children are reunited. Attachment theory is employed to understand and explain how under informal kinship caregiving, children can have varying emotional bonds with birth parents that affect social relationships later in life. The article aims to contribute towards an understanding of the dynamics of emotions in family relationships.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/204674312X656293
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2014 14:47 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:49 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38168 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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