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Meaningful Care

A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Meaning of Care for People with Mental Retardation

  • Joop Stolk
  • Theo A. Boer
  • Ruth Seldenrijk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Experience of Meaning from a Family Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joop Stolk, Henk Kars
      Pages 11-36
  3. Meaning, Worldview and Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Ralph Evers
      Pages 39-50
    3. Theo A. Boer
      Pages 51-64
    4. Hans S. Reinders
      Pages 65-82
  4. Meaning in Medical Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Diny van Bruggen
      Pages 113-125
    3. Joop Stolk, Henk Kars
      Pages 127-139
  5. Experience of Meaning in Daily Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Stanley M. Hauerwas
      Pages 143-154
    3. Pieter A. de Ruyter
      Pages 155-165
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 183-189

About this book


It is crucial for the quality of care of people with mental retardation that care providers experience their work as meaningful. A complexity, however, is the fact that this care is divided amongst a range of professions. This book addresses issues of meaning (meaning of care and meaning of life) from all the different professional perspectives involved. Such a multidisciplinary approach is unique and has never before been followed.
The book contains the results of a series of interviews in which parents of people with mental retardation were asked what they conceive to be meaningful care. The results are placed in relation to experiences and conceptions of professional caregivers. Moreover, the study analyzes the cultural, philosophical, and theological significance of the concept, `meaningful care'. Finally, the book explores the relevance of this concept for practical professions such as medical care, social work, educational psychology, pedagogic counseling, and pastoral care. Scholarly depth is combined with experiential knowledge of professional practice. Hence, this book is an outstanding source of reflection for all those who work professionally with people with mental retardation.


care concept counseling event experience interview issue knowledge living pastoral care prevention psychology social work

Editors and affiliations

  • Joop Stolk
    • 1
  • Theo A. Boer
    • 2
  • Ruth Seldenrijk
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Special PedagogicsFree UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Center for Bio-ethics and Health LawUtrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Research and Development’s Heeren LooAmersfoortThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Meaningful Care
  • Book Subtitle A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Meaning of Care for People with Mental Retardation
  • Editors J. Stolk
    Theo A. Boer
    R. Seldenrijk
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-6291-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5449-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-9516-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 190
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religious Studies, general
    Public Health
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