Examining family violence and its effects on children, this volume presents various definitions of family violence and theories for the origin of the problem. The authors: discuss different types of intrafamilial violence, and the effects of each on children and adolescents; explore family violence in non-western contexts; offer clinical and legal intervention and prevention strategies; and suggest future directions for research.

Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies

Mental health professionals are often called upon to evaluate children who have been abused or who have vicariously observed violence in the home. Thus knowledge of pertinent assessment techniques is important. This chapter will commence with some general methods that will facilitate child assessment in these types of cases. From there, assessment issues pertaining to the degree of child abuse, degree of child witnessing of family violence, impact of family violence on the child, and familial functioning will be considered.

General Child Assessment

During the assessment procedure, rapport needs to be built with the child. Violence issues are an extremely sensitive area and it will likely be difficult for a child or adolescent to discuss these topics with a new or unfamiliar person. Therefore, ...

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