Summary: The premise of this volume is that child abuse prevention is best achieved by maximizing the child's developmental abilities and strengthening the parent-child relationship. Laying the groundwork for this early intervention approach, the book opens with a definition of physical and emotional abuse in both legal and clinical terms, a discussion on the goals and boundaries of parental discipline, and a demographic profile of abusive families. Following an examination o ...show moref why abusive behavior occurs, the impact of physical and emotional abuse on children's development, and what that implies for primary and secondary prevention, the author presents an intervention model linked to critical transition periods for family members. The program's practical requirements are enumerated and chapters describe how to: introduce families to the clinic, communicate concerns, delineate parental responsibilities, and establish peer group support and social services.
Assessment procedures are detailed with an emphasis on the importance of identifying parental expectations so that treatment can be tailored to fit the needs of the family. Chapters on intervention describe methods for promoting parental sensitivity and responsiveness to child behavior and improving parental teaching, discipline, and anger management skills. Throughout, case examples and excerpts of therapist-client discussion illuminate both issues and technique.