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NCJ Number: 156967 Find in a Library
Title: Clinical Interventions With Latency-Age Children of High Conflict and Violence
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: By combining social cognitive theory about nuclear family scenes and scripts with object relations developmental theory, it is possible to understand the ways in which children interpret and manage their experiences in highly conflictual and violent divorced families.
Abstract: Formulations from both theories can explain how violent and abusive experiences are stored and processed in children's memories, how internal working models of domestic relationships are shaped and distorted by parental conflict, and how the distortion is defensively maintained by the child in order to manage feelings of helplessness and shame. A model of normal social-cognitive development describes the effects of these defensive processes on the development of capacities for understanding self and others, for empathy, and for interpersonal morality. This theoretical framework can be used to design treatment strategies aimed at correcting cognitive distortions and increasing emotional flexibility. Theory and strategies for clinical interventions are presented in this article and illustrated with case vignettes. 19 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child development; Domestic relations
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