skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


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
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.