skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

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: 68890 Find in a Library
Title: DEPENDENCY, FRUSTRATION TOLERANCE, AND IMPULSE CONTROL IN CHILD ABUSERS
Author(s): D KERTZMAN
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 165
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THIS STUDY, ONE OF THE FEW SYSTEMATIC ANALYSES OF CHILD ABUSERS, ADDRESSES SUCH FACTORS AS PARENTS' EMOTIONAL DEPENDENCE ON THE CHILD, FRUSTRATION TOLERANCE, AND IMPULSE CONTROL.
Abstract: THIS STUDY ADDRESSES THE ISSUE OF CHILD ABUSERS CHIEFLY FROM A PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE, IN AN ATTEMPT TO TRACE THE EMOTIONAL ROOTS OF THIS PHENOMENON. IT ARGUES THAT ABUSING PARENTS SUFFER FROM AN EMOTIONAL DEPENDENCE SYNDROME, CAUSED BY THEIR OWN (CHILDHOOD) DEPRIVATIONS. THEY THEN MAKE UNREASONABLE DEMANDS AND FORM ABSURD EXPECTATIONS OF THEIR CHILDREN. THIS INVESTIGATION OF ABUSING PARENTS, THOROUGHLY EVALUATED AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY TESTED AGAINST NONABUSING CONTROLS, HAS YIELDED TENTATIVE FINDINGS. METHODOLOGICAL CONCERNS INCLUDED SECURING OFTEN HOSTILE AND NONCOOPERATIVE SUBJECTS, CHIEFLY THROUGH COURT REFERRALS; USE OF PREVIOUSLY UNTRIED TECHNIQUES; AND THE PIONEERING NATURE OF THE STUDY. CHILD ABUSE WAS SIMULTANEOUSLY FOUND TO BE AN IMPULSIVE, UNCONTROLLABLE ACT AND A SYSTEMATIC PATTERN OF PUNISHMENT AND COERCION TO MODIFY THE CHILD'S BEHAVIOR. GENERALLY, THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION DESCRIBED IN THIS BOOK DEPICT THE CHILD ABUSER AS A HIGHLY DEPENDENT INDIVIDUAL WITH A LOW FRUSTRATION TOLERANCE. ARGUING THAT CHILD ABUSE IS RELATED TO DISLOCATIONS IN IDENTIFIABLE ASPECTS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING, RATHER THAN BEHAVIOR WITH CRIMINAL INTENT, THIS STUDY ADVOCATES A FAMILY-ORIENTED COURT SETTLEMENT OF CHILD ABUSE CASES RATHER THAN JUDICIAL DISPOSITION IN CRIMINAL COURTS. COURT-PRESCRIBED TREATMENT FOR CHILD ABUSERS, COMBINED WITH TEMPORARY REMOVAL OF THE ABUSED CHILD FROM THE PARENT'S CUSTODY, WOULD ALLEGEDLY SATISFY THE ABUSER'S EMOTIONAL NEED FOR CARE AND HIS OR HER EMOTIONAL DEPENDENCE BY USING RESOURCES SUCH AS A PERSONALIZED HOMEMAKING SERVICE, A VISITING NURSE, AND REMOVAL OF THE CHILDREN TO A NURSERY DURING A PERIOD OF FAMILY CRISIS. ALL THESE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR ABUSERS SHOULD, ACCORDING TO THIS STUDY, BE COORDINATED BY A PROFESSIONAL (POSSIBLY A SOCIAL WORKER) DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE COURT. WRITTEN IN TECHNICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL LANGUAGE, THIS BOOK IS SUPPLEMENTED WITH EXTENSIVE STATISTICAL AND GRAPHIC DATA, TEST SCORES, AND TABULAR DATA. AN EXTENSIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY IS APPENDED.
Index Term(s): Abusing parents; Child abuse; Emotional disorders; Psychological dependence; Psychological evaluation
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=68890

*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.