I'm a psychologist and I [care for, attend to] children

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Xavier da Silva, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Xavier da Silva

    Xavier da Silva Senior Member

    Hello everyone,

    I'd like to know which of the expressions (care for, attend to) can be used in the sentence "I'm a psychologist and I care for children." / "I'm a psychologist and I attend to children."

    The meaning intended is: offer and provide help, assistance or treatment for children.

    Thank you very much in advance!
  2. Linguo IS Dead Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    I wouldn't use either.

    "Care for" implies you feed them, change their diapers, give them medicine when they're sick, and so on. It almost sounds like you're saying you're a psychologist and also work in a daycare center.
    "Attend to" just sounds strange in this context.

    I'd suggest "treat", or "work with".
  3. cyberpedant

    cyberpedant Senior Member

    North Adams, MA
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    One would usually say "I'm a child psychologist." The term has some grammatical ambiguity, but it's the usual AE form.

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