Young Children in Brief Separation – ‘JANE, 17 months, in foster care for 10 days’


Fostered for 10 days, Jane is less distressed than John.

SKU: 27
Categories: , ,
Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Producer: James and Joyce Robertson
Year Produced: 1968
Running time: 37 minutes
PDF:  Teaching Notes


It lol lolJane is a bright active child of 17 months who is in foster care for 10 days. At this age she cannot keep a clear image of her mother in her mind, and makes a strong attachment to the foster mother. Although she copes and relates well, there are times of confusion and she cools towards her visiting father. Care by a responsive substitute mother keeps alive Jane’s experience of warm mothering, so that at reunion she goes eagerly back to her mother. But she is not abruptly separated from the foster mother. In order that Jane should not suffer the sudden loss of someone to whom she has become strongly attached, the foster mother visits over the next few weeks. (Contrast study to John, aged 17 months, for nine days in a Residential nursery)

German version also available. A guide booklet accompanies the film.

This film was made in 1968 in black and white, so the film and sound quality is not to modern standards. This should not diminish its value as a moving historic record.