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NCJ Number: 98555 Find in a Library
Title: Interdisciplinary and Community-Based Approaches to Treating and Preventing Child Assault (From Assault Against Children, P 207-239, 1985, John H Meier, ed. - See NCJ-98549)
Author(s): M J Paulson
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: College-Hill Press
San Diego, CA 92105
Sale Source: College-Hill Press
4284 41st Street
San Diego, CA 92105
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper outlines an implementation plan for a community-based treatment program for child abusing families and discusses the special problems of working with minority communities.
Abstract: Because successful child abuse intervention requires multiple health disciplines and multiagency networking, the paper highlights the pivotal role of a local child abuse council. An outline of the goals for a diagnostic and treatment center cautions against the use of overly orthodox, conservative, and inflexible professional staff. Other issues that a center must address are identified, such as home visits, appropriate therapies, selecting staff who can handle the pain and sadness inherent in domestic violence cases, and removing children from the home. Other essential components of the community-based program examined are group homes for abused children and family crisis centers that provide shelter and other emergency services to victims. The author discusses issues that agencies working in black, Asian, and culturally mixed communities must consider. Much literature on group therapy has focused on Caucasian populations and is not appropriate for other ethnic groups. Therapeutic techniques that have been effective in dealing with Asians and Hispanics are explored. Other services recommended for inclusion in a community program are parenting classes and home visits by mental health workers. Finally, the paper focuses on religion as a meaningful part of the therapeutic process, latent suicidal behavior in abused children, and the place of a client's silence in therapy.
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Child abuse treatment; Community resources; Family counseling; Interagency cooperation; Mental health services; Minorities
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