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Title: Treating Loneliness in Child Protection
Author(s): N A Polansky
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 60
Sponsoring Agency: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20447
Grant Number: 90CA899/01
Publication Number: ISBN O-87868-239-2
Sale Source: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
2345 Crystal Drive
Suite 250
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Many parents accused of child neglect suffer from severe and chronic loneliness. This booklet provides child protective services workers with an understanding of the nature of loneliness and offers ways to treat the problem.
Abstract: Studies focusing on low-income families, mainly headed by women, show neglectful parents do not have a sufficient support network compared to those families in similar circumstances. This isolation in its chronic state can lead to pathological behaviors. Dread of loneliness can cause addictions to relationships, drugs, and alcohol. An example of neglect is shown in parents who cling to their children and use them to fulfill unmet emotional needs. Though loneliness is considered a universal emotion, chronic loneliness requires a more specific form of treatment than general coping techniques. Speaking in comforting tones and listening attentively can help a client with low self-esteem feel valued. Group therapy using simple craft projects and refreshments instead of direct confrontation can help parents deal with their issues in a non-threatening way. The goal is to nurture the parents in a supportive atmosphere so that they will, in turn, have the capacity to connect with others. 29 references
Main Term(s): Behavior modification; Child abuse prevention
Index Term(s): Emotional disorders; Parental attitudes
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