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NCJ Number: 77715 Find in a Library
Title: Treatment of Abusing Parents - An Alternative Method of Delinquency Control (From Exploring the Relationship Between Child Abuse and Delinquency, P 52-62, 1981, Robert J Hunner and Yvonne Elder Walker, ed. - See NCJ-77711)
Author(s): G W Ayers
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Allanheld, Osmun and Co Publishers, Inc
Montclair, NJ 07042
Sale Source: Allanheld, Osmun and Co Publishers, Inc
6 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reviews research on the relationship between child abuse and delinquency and proposes a method of issue-oriented group therapy for abusers as a means of reducing juvenile delinquency.
Abstract: Although the relationship between child abuse and delinquency has been observed as a clinical phenomenon for many years, empirical research is lacking. The method of issue-oriented group therapy was developed for women who were hospitalized for the treatment of acute psychiatric disorders and who had marital problems as a primary symptom at the time of admission. The group was based on the assumption that marital problems were a result of role dysfunction, and the therapist and cotherapist used the concept of role conflict as a basic premise for treatment. Although child abuse was not a major emphasis, it was discovered that 70 percent of the women were child abusers. The therapy techniques used could also be focused on this problem. In general, the issue-oriented group was heterogeneous in composition, including women of various ages and backgrounds; ran continuously with periods of intermission (a 2-month period is suggested for child abusers); expected the therapist to actively support patients in their attempts to solve their problems by providing information in any area of family relations desired; and was flexible in that patients were under no constraint to attend. A male and a female therapist were always present to give patients the opportunity of dealing with healthy males and females. A 16-item reference list is included.
Index Term(s): Abusing parents; Child abuse; Group therapy; Juvenile delinquency factors; Treatment
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