The Support of the Child and the Family Experiencing Spiritual Loneliness – as One of the Tasks of Family Assistants
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Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu Instytut Nauk Pedagogicznych Lwowska 1 87-100 Toruń
Submission date: 2014-07-01
Final revision date: 2014-12-30
Acceptance date: 2014-12-30
Publication date: 2014-12-30
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Katarzyna Wasilewska-Ostrowska   

Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu Instytut Nauk Pedagogicznych Lwowska 1 87-100 Toruń
Wychowanie w Rodzinie 2014;10(2):317-326
Family is the most important environment for the raising of the younger generation; there a young man gains knowledge about the world and prepares for independence. However, to achieve this, it must first have met all the needs of mental health, love, respect, security and belonging. When this runs out (as it happens in dysfunctional families), the child is left to fend for themselves and a sense of loneliness arises. Loneliness is a complex phenomenon. The literature mentions several dimensions of this state: social, emotional, axio-normative (spiritual).The text refers to this latter kind of loneliness, which can be experienced by a child in a pathological family. It is a state of confusion in the world of norms and values, which results in moral emptiness, lack of awareness and self-awareness, lack of a worldview, not having the feelings of love, sensitivity and creativity. It stems from disturbed psycho-social ties with the loved ones, mostly with parents (who often experience this state themselves). Support for these families is provided by a number of institutions and individuals. One of them is family assistants, who perform many tasks, among which spiritual support plays an important role.
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