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NCJ Number: 168018 Find in a Library
Title: Assessment of Coping Strategies of Child Abusing Mothers
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:21  Issue:7  Dated:(July 1997)  Pages:631-636
Author(s): A L Cantos; J M Neale; K D O'Leary; R W Gaines
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 6
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Mothers who physically abused their children and who had been referred to a child abuse prevention program at Columbia- Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City were assessed to determine whether they had a general coping skills deficit.
Abstract: The study compared 17 abusing mothers to nonabusing mothers of 16 conduct problem children. Coping was measured using several different methods, each designed to address insufficiencies of the others. In comparison to nonabusing mothers, independent ratings showed abusing mothers exhibited a pattern of coping characterized by greater use of emotion-focused coping strategies and less use of effective problem-focused strategies. Self-report ratings of coping indicated abusing mothers perceived their coping to be more ineffective than the coping of nonabusing mothers. The possibility that the observed coping skills deficit may indicate a deficit in emotional responding to stress is discussed, and suggestions for therapeutic interventions with child abusing mothers are given. 31 references and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Child abuse; Child abuse prevention; Child victims; Crimes against children; New York; Psychological evaluation
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