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NCJ Number: 136528 Find in a Library
Title: Treatment for Abused Children: When is a Partial Solution Acceptable?
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:16  Issue:2  Dated:(1992)  Pages:217-228
Author(s): A M Graziano; J R Mills
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Despite the availability of effective psychological treatment for nonabused children, direct psychological treatment of abused children has been rarely reported. Instead, the child abuse field has concentrated on the needs of maltreating parents.
Abstract: While maltreated children may demonstrate psychological characteristics including low self-esteem, aggressive behavior, and cognitive limitations, it is not clear that the relationship between abuse and child psychopathology is causal; it may well be correlational. Although no single profile can describe all maltreated children, compared to their peers, they tend to show greater difficulty with self-control and aggression; less social sensitivity; poor cognitive skills and academic performance; and poor social relationships, affective expression, and moral development. There is an extensive body of literature on empirically validated interventions for other child populations exhibiting many of these psychological problems. More research is needed to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of those procedures when applied to maltreated children. Partial solutions, including parent training, the development of theoretical models of attachment, and training in self-control procedures and skills training for the children, could provide some sort of effective treatment. 120 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse treatment
Index Term(s): Abused-nonabused child comparisons; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Juvenile treatment methods
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