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NCJ Number: 149914 Find in a Library
Title: Strengthening High-Risk Families: A Handbook for Practitioners
Author(s): L Kaplan; J L Girard
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 182
Sponsoring Agency: Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
Publication Number: ISBN 0-02-916915-1
Sale Source: Lexington Books
866 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book is directed at practitioners and administrators providing home-based family treatment, students who want training in family preservation, and others working with high- risk families in other family-focused programs. The book encourages its readers to recognize the adaptability of the family preservation approach across the juvenile justice, child welfare, education, health, and mental health systems.
Abstract: Following an historical overview of the family preservation movement, the authors outline a pragmatic approach to family-centered assessment and treatment that is designed to empower families to change. The book defines characteristics of high-risk families and discusses the types of agencies involved with families at risk. Treatment strategies that are examined here include reparenting, putting parents in charge, building hope in families, the ecological systems approach, problem solving and conflict resolution skills, confrontation, and multidimensional interventions. Special attention is paid to intervening with families characterized by sexual or physical abuse, HIV or AIDS, homelessness, domestic violence, and substance abuse.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Domestic relations; Family counseling; Family crisis; Juveniles; Victims of Crime
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