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NCJ Number: 52235 Find in a Library
Title: WORKING WITH ABUSIVE PARENTS - A PSYCHIATRIST'S VIEW
Journal: CHILDREN TODAY  Volume:4  Issue:3  Dated:(MAY/JUNE 1975)  Pages:3-5,44
Author(s): B F STEELE
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Office of Human Development Services Children's Bureau
United States of Amer
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: CHARACTERISTICS AND PROBLEMS OF ABUSIVE PARENTS, THE CONSTELLATION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PATTERNS WHICH ARE FOUND IN ABUSE CASES, AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF VARIOUS TYPES OF TREATMENT ARE SUMMARIZED.
Abstract: THE FIRST PORTION OF THE PAPER EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF THOROUGH PSYCHOLOGICAL OR PSYCHIATRIC SCREENING OF ABUSIVE PARENTS BEFORE PLACING THEM IN THE USUAL TYPE OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES COUNSELING PROGRAM. A SMALL NUMBER OF ABUSIVE PARENTS (ESTIMATED AT LESS THAN 10 PERCENT) HAVE SERIOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AND NEED INTENSIVE, PROLONGED PSYCHIATRIC CARE. CASEWORKERS ARE WARNED ALSO THAT CHILD ABUSE OCCURS AMONG ALL RACES AND AT ALL SOCIOECONOMIC LEVELS, ALTHOUGH POVERTY IS A STRESS FACTOR WHICH MAY COMBINE WITH OTHER STRESS FACTORS TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH ABUSE OCCURS. THE CASE WORKER IS WARNED AGAINST LECTURING THE ABUSIVE PARENT. INSTEAD, SUCCESSFUL COUNSELORS CONCENTRATE ON UNDERSTANDING THE FACTORS WHICH UNDERLIE THE ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR. THE DESCRIPTIONS OF CHARACTERISTICS OF ABUSIVE PARENTS RELATE TO ATTITUDES OF IMMATURITY AND DEPENDENCY OFTEN RESULTING FROM EMOTIONAL DEPRIVATION ENDURED IN EARLY LIFE. THESE ATTITUDES COMBINE WITH LOW SELF-ESTEEM, A SENSE OF INCOMPETENCE, DIFFICULTY IN SEEKING PLEASURE AND FINDING SATISFACTION IN THE ADULT WORLD, SOCIAL ISOLATION, MISPERCEPTIONS OF THE NEEDS OF THE INFANT, AND A STRONG BELIEF IN THE VALUE OF PUNISHMENT TO FORM CONSTELLATIONS OF CHARACTERISTICS ASSOCIATED WITH ABUSE. THE IMPORTANCE OF EMOTIONAL SUPPORT AND CRISIS INTERVENTION IS EXAMINED. THE VALUE AND EFFECTIVE USE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY, GROUP THERAPY, COUPLE GROUPS, SELF-HELP GROUPS, AND OTHER TREATMENT TECHNIQUES ARE DISCUSSED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Behavior typologies; Child abuse; Counseling; Group therapy; Police organizational structure
Note: EXCERPT FROM WORKING WITH ABUSIVE PARENTS FROM A PSYCHIATRIC POINT OF VIEW BY BRANDT F STEELE AND PUBLISHED AS ONE OF A SERIES BY THE NATIONAL CENTER ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
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