chapter  VIII
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Child Care and the Development of a Family Service

Apart from this group, there are other families who though not necessarily fatherless, present a complex of functional deficiencies including poor material standards and personality disturbance in the parents who often show impulsive behaviour, inability to tolerate frustration and a concern with aggressive feelings. These are emotionally immature parents who are ill adapted to child rearing, whose way of life in Philp's words: 'expresses dependency, greed, improvidence and the surrender to desires without apparent restriction or guilt', 6 whose treatment of children disturbs our deepest feelings about the relationship which we think ought to exist between parents and children. They are often referred to as problem families to denote the very special attention they draw to themselves from social workers and others who work with them.