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Experts in both child physical and sexual abuse are brought together in this volume, which focuses on both child and adult survivors. Contributors explore innovative treatment and prevention approaches, such as school and community violence prevention programmes, and preparation of children who have to testify in court.

A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Understanding and Treating Parents Who Physically Abuse Their Children
A cognitive behavioral approach to understanding and treating parents who physically abuse their children
Sandra T.Azar

Until the last decade, the prevailing etiological theories of child abuse were psychodynamic ones and focused on personality disturbances in parents. Such models have not received empirical support and have not proved fruitful for developing effective intervention strategies. More recent behavioral models have taken a different strategy, focusing on narrow-band aversive parental behaviors (e.g., Friedman, Sandler, Hernandez, & Wolfe, 1981; Wolfe, Kaufman, Aragona, & Sandler, 1981). These newer approaches, using standard behavioral child management training, have been successful in reducing the negative aspects of family interactions. However, the equally important introduction of refined positive responses into parents' ...

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