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Assessing and Treating Physically Abused Children and Their Families

Assessing and Treating Physically Abused Children and Their Families
A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach

March 2002 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

A professional book aimed at practitioners and practitioners in training, this volume is the first attempt to provide a comprehensive, practical approach to the assessment and treatment of physically abused children. While there are other books that cover certain aspects of assessment and treatment, this book is comprehensive in that it covers child-specific, parent-specific, and family-specific interventions. The volume will present an overview of child physical abuse (including statistics and consequences), it will discuss outcome studies and treatment implications, and it will thoroughly discuss assessment and treatment. It will help practitioners:

  • Understand children's abuse experiences, views, exposures to violence, and it will help expose thinking errors or negative attributions. It will also help the practitioner help the children with anxiety management, anger management, social skills, and safety plans.
  • Help parents with child management and development, expectations and cognitive distortions, behavior management, and discipline.
  • Facilitate family communication and problem solving. 

D. Wolfe
1. Introduction and Overview
Significance of the Problem

The Challenge Before Us

Purpose and Overview of the Book

2. Characteristics and Correlates of Child Physical Abuse
Child Characteristics and Correlates

Maltreating Adult Characteristics and Correlates

Family-System Characteristics and Correlates

Community Characteristics and Correlates

What Causes Child Physical Abuse

3. Treatment Outcome Studies: Clinical and Research Implications
What Have We Learned?

What Do We Need to Learn in Research to Make Treatment More Effective?

What Would Make Clinical Practice More Effective?


5. The Comprehensive Individual and Family Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Model
Models of Child Physical Abuse

The Integration of Child, Parent, and Family Approaches


6. Initial Treatment Considerations

Preparation and Prerequisites

Overview of Treatment


7. Treatment of the Child: Understanding the Child's Experiences and Behavior
Perspectives on the Child's Experiences With Family Hostility and Violence

Contributors to Coercive or Abusive Interactions

Understanding How We Respond to Different Problem Situations


8. Treatment of the Child: Cognitive Interventions
Clarifying and Changing the Child's View of Violence

Normalization of the Child's Abuse-Related Feelings and Reactions

Psychoeducation About Physical Abuse


9. Child Treatment: Affect-Focused Interventions
Affect Identification and Expression

Management of Stress and Anxiety

Management of Anger


10. Promoting Children's Effective Coping and Social Competence
Children's Coping Skills

Social Support

Enhancing Children's Social Competence and Developing Relationships: : Getting Along With Friends and Family


11. Adult Treatment: Cognitive Interventions
Parental Perspectives on Violence, Expectations, and Distortions

Stress Management and Family Characteristics

Views on Hostility and Violence

Expectations of Our Children

Thinking in Negative or "Distorted" Ways


12. Treatment of the Maltreating Adult: Affect-Focused Interventions
Self-Management and Regulation of Abuse-Specific Triggers

Self-Management and Regulation of Anger

Self-Management and Regulation of Anxiety and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Self-Management and Regulation of Depression


13. Treatment of the Maltreating Adult: Behavior Management
Parenting and Behavior Management

Specific Techniques and Guidelines for Rewarding Behavior

Specific Techniques and Guidelines for Punishing Behavior

A General Review of Behavior Management


14. From Individual to Family Treatment: Bridging Through Clarification
The General Structure of Clarification

The Clarification Family Meeting


15. Family Treatment: Setting the Foundation
Overview of Treatment

Setting the Foundation

Assessment of Family Functions and Interactions


16. Family Treatment: Skills Training and Applications
Review of Initial Progress

Family Skills Training

Family Skills-Training Applications


17. Community and Social Systems Involvement
Service Settings and Systems


18. Case Examples and Applications
Case One: James

Case Two: Tanisha

Case Three: Marvin


19. Conclusions
About the Authors
Key features

Feature: This volume contains practical features such as case studies, handouts, and worksheets.

Benefit: Will serve as valuable tools for practitioners and students in the areas of interpersonal violence, child abuse, and social work.

Feature: This book takes a comprehensive approach to assessing and treating child physical abuse.

Benefit: Provides a method to working with the child, the parents, and the family as a whole.


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