This book helps professionals to make informed, research-based assessments of risk, offering strategies for supporting and educating families within which sexual abuse has occurred. Without actually advocating reunification, the authors provide a unique approach for working with non-offending parents and partners who wish to work towards re-unification of the family.

Comprehensive Family Assessment

Comprehensive family assessment

Although the ultimate responsibility for preventing reoffense is that of the perpetrator, the literature regarding reunification also addresses the need to carefully assess the nonoffending parent's ability to manage risk factors in the home in support of the offender's relapse prevention plan (Gil, 1996; Patton, 1991; Trepper & Barrett, 1989). Common approaches to systemic treatment of incest focus on the nonoffending parent's acceptance of the past offenses, recognition and resolution of denial, her ability to implement safety requirements, and her ability to understand and empathize with the effects of the abuse on the child. Powell and Ilett (1992) assert that although family factors have not been empirically proven to be predictors of abuse resumption, clinical practice (and commonsense) suggest that ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles