When individual child psychotherapy exacerbates family systems problems in child abuse cases : a clinical analysis

Shochet, Ian M. & Dadds, Mark R. (1997) When individual child psychotherapy exacerbates family systems problems in child abuse cases : a clinical analysis. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2(2), pp. 239-250.

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Children who have suffered physical or sexual abuse are as vulnerable as adult trauma victims to experience "secondary trauma", in which the reactions of the family or broader system exacerbate the child's difficulties. Three clinical cases (a 7 yr old male, an 8 yr old male, and a 7 yr old female) are presented that suggest that this secondary trauma can be made worse by either excessive or insufficient provision of individual child psychotherapy, and the way the system interprets and reacts to these clinical decisions. Types of secondary trauma and their interactions with clinical decisions are discussed. Ways of framing clinical decisions to minimize the potential secondary trauma are presented.

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ID Code: 49537
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Child Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Childhood, Emotional Trauma
DOI: 10.1177/1359104597022005
ISSN: 1359-1045
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 23 May 2012 23:26
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 23:26

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