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Title: Toward Evidence-Based Treatment: Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Preschoolers Exposed to Marital Violence
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:44  Issue:12  Dated:December 2005  Pages:1241-1248
Author(s): Alicia F. Lieberman Ph.D.; Patricia Van Horn J.D.; Chandra Ghosh Ippen Ph.D.
Date Published: December 2005
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Irving Harris Foundation
Chicago, IL 60606-1899
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: R21 MH59661
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the effectiveness of Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for a population of preschoolers exposed to marital violence.
Abstract: Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CCP) is based on the premises that the attachment system is the main organizer of children’s responses to danger and safety in the first years of life, that early mental health problems should be addressed in the context of the child’s primary attachment relationships, that child outcomes emerge in the context of transactions between the child and environmental protective and risk factors, that interpersonal violence is a traumatic stressor, that the therapeutic relationship is a key mutative factor in early mental health treatment, and the family’s cultural values must be incorporated into treatment. This study reports outcome findings from a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of CPP with preschoolers exposed to family violence, compared with case management plus individual treatment. It was hypothesized that CPP would be more effective in alleviating children’s traumatic stress symptoms and behavior problems because it focuses on improving the quality of the child-mother relationship and engages the mother as the child’s ally in coping with the trauma. The findings support CPP effectiveness for preschoolers exposed to marital violence. The findings are attributed to CPP’s focus on fostering child mental health by promoting a relational process in which increased maternal responsiveness to the child’s developmental needs strengthens the child’s trust in the mother’s capacity to provide protective care. References
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child welfare; Children at risk; Children of battered women; Family counseling; Program evaluation; Psychotherapy
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