Orphans, they made it a force


PSYCHOLOGY – Unparalleled bruising, the premature loss of a parent can also turn into a breath that carries the child towards a life full of possibilities.

In France, 600,000 to 650,000 young people under the age of 25 have lost at least one of their two parents, according to Unaf (Recherche Familiales review, February 2020). Mourning that affects on average one student per class in college, two in high school. Orphans are not very visible in our society, however, because they are poorly identified by demographic studies. “Until the Second World War, many young fathers died at the front: society was concerned about orphans who could claim the status of“ ward of the nation ”. Today, they are included in the same category as children of single-parent families… ”, is surprised the psychologist Magali Molinié, who edited a collective work on the question (Invisible orphans, Otherwise, 2011). In recent years, however, more and more documentaries and books give voice to these adults who have had to learn to build themselves without parental support. How do you grow up without your father or mother? Can we make a

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