Lida Estella Builes TejadaI,*; Paula Cristina MúneraFrancoI,**; Claudia Jimena Salazar TrujilloI,II***; Mónica Schnitter CastellanosI,****
I Universidad de San Buenaventura, Medellín
II Universidad de Antioquia
The presentpaper is an account of a hermeneutic research. In depth interviews were conducted with five mothers of street children, living in Ciudad Don Bosco (institution for street children), in Medellín, Colombia.The main category refers to the history of encounters on many missed encounters arising from factors related to the history of affective bonding. In the process of bonding there are disturbingfactors from the beginning: unplanned and unwanted children, pregnancies lived with resignation by the mothers, child’s gender is not what mother desired, and the situation worsens when the mother leavesthe mothering function to multiple caregivers, and in last instance to a child protection agency. Most significant findings are: negative rearing practices, (hitting, verbal and physical abuse, and lackof norms) and the use of money as a means of buying the desired behaviour, distorting the affective bonds, because at the same time the parents try to buy the child’s love. This fact generates adirect connection or bridge with living in the streets, promoting the opportunity to beg for money, establish delinquent associations or antisocial behaviours. It is important to notice that theattachment process of these children have some peculiarities observed in their behaviours and interactions with the street way of life.
Keywords: Street Children, Rearing Practices, Child Abuse, AffectiveBonding And Attachment.
El presente artículo da cuenta de un trabajo de investigación de enfoque cualitativo, desde la perspectiva fenomenológica hermenéutica, siguiendo el proceso...