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.

Intervention Strategies for the Violent Family

Intervention strategies for the violent family

As is the case for several other familial problems, the violent family is unlikely to present for treatment and directly state the “true” complaint (Hurley & Jaffe, 1990; Jurich, 1990). Instead, the parents may focus on the child's oppositional conduct, deficient school performance, running away behavior, or poor peer relations. Therefore, the clinician must carefully evaluate the point of the system at which to intervene. Regardless of the target for intervention, the clinician should be aware that all family members will probably have some role in treatment and thus rapport and trust should be developed with each family member (Jurich, 1990).

Mandatory child abuse reporting laws now exist in every state (Brosig & Kalichman, 1992). ...

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