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Children's experiences with an intervention aimed to prevent further physical abuse
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4416-1223
Linköping university.
2019 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 17-24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although many children across cultures are victims of physical abuse, few treatment models target these children and their parents. In Sweden, Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for families at risk for child physical abuse has been successfully used according topretreatment and posttreatment studies. However, few studies have explored how physically abused children experience treatment. This study includes 20 physically abused children aged 9-17 who completed Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Children had a positive overall impression of the treatment and highlighted addressing the abuse, as well as processing their experiences as particularly essential. Children described a positive transformation in their family life as a result of treatment, including violence cessation and bonding among family members. Children experienced the intervention as inclusive and child-friendly. The implications of the promising findings are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2019. Vol. 24, no 1, p. 17-24
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Sciences, Social Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79134DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12476ISI: 000455514400003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85047638384OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-79134DiVA, id: diva2:1269155
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The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority, 08614/2012Available from: 2018-12-09 Created: 2018-12-09 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Putting words to child physical abuse: Possible consequences, the process of disclosure, and effects of treatment. From children’s perspectives
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Putting words to child physical abuse: Possible consequences, the process of disclosure, and effects of treatment. From children’s perspectives
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Aim: The overall aim of the thesis is to explore the experiences and possible consequences concerning reported health and relations between a parent perpetrator of physical child abuse and the children who are victims of the parental physical abuse, the children’s thoughts when disclosing the abuse, and the impact of an intervention designed to support these children in a Swedish context – Combined Parent Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT). Methods: This thesis has a mix-method design. Study I and IV used different self-assessment scales, and the outcomes were analysed using descriptive statistics, paired-samples t test, independent t test, ANOVA, Pearson correlations, and hierarchical linear regression. Study II and III consisted of interviews with 15 (Study II) and 20 (Study III) children, respectively. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results: The results suggest that experiencing child physical abuse affects the relationship between a parent and a child as well as the child’s wellbeing in several ways. However, the results also suggest that participating in the CPC-CBT intervention could decrease parents’ use of violence and increase the child’s wellbeing. In addition, the results suggest that trust and participation influence whether a child discloses abuse and contributes to the success of treatment. Conclusion: The CPC-CBT could be seen as a successful turning point for the participating children, shifting from one trajectory (living in fear of violence) to another (living without fear). Furthermore, when children disclose to adults about their physical abuse, it is important that the adults recognise the children’s participatory rights and strive to earn their trust.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2019
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 351/2019
Keywords
child physical abuse, disclosure, participation, CPC-CBT, intervention
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82396 (URN)978-91-88898-57-9 (ISBN)978-91-88898-58-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-05-24, IKEA, Hus N, Växjö, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-05-03 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-07-30Bibliographically approved

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