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OVERALL CONCLUSIONS

Abductions take many forms and, in most cases of international parental child abduction, the children are well cared for physically during the time away and are living with a parent who is well known to them, and to whom they feel close, albeit not always in a custodial role. It appears that children abducted by their primary carers usually do not perceive the experience as

one of abduction carers, they do. afraid during the primary carer.

but, when abducted by their non-primary Nonetheless, very few children seem to be times away, even if they are not with their

It is with good reason that children often view the time away as an exciting extended holiday as, for many children, the environment to which they have been taken is not unknown and, indeed, may have been the place where family holidays were taken previously and where family members live. However, where contact is denied between the child and the left-behind parent and family, it appears that more difficulties may be experienced as doubts begin to enter the child’s mind about the

justification of being away from home and

left-behind

parent.

It

is

also

the

case

experience language problems on return.

difficulties

which

the well-being of the that some children can cause further

It is the return of the child which seems to produce a pattern of more profound effects, some of which are long-lasting. It is true that return brings into focus the familial problems which were escaped during the time, and through the event, of the abduction and which must now be addressed. However, it is more than just facing up to these issues which creates the effects which have been detailed in this report; the abduction incident creates an additional dimension to the difficulties which these families face and which is, then, thrown into this already boiling cauldron.

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