Parent abuse: a review

Kennair, Nicola and Mellor, David 2007, Parent abuse: a review, Child psychiatry and human development, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 203-219, doi: 10.1007/s10578-007-0061-x.

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Title Parent abuse: a review
Author(s) Kennair, Nicola
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Journal name Child psychiatry and human development
Volume number 38
Issue number 3
Start page 203
End page 219
Publisher Springer Science+Business Media
Place of publication Norwell, Mass.
Publication date 2007-10
ISSN 0009-398X
Keyword(s) parent abuse
Summary A recent focus of research and clinical practice has been on the issue of abuse of parents by their children (parent abuse). This paper reviews the literature on this phenomenon. While parent abuse falls under the umbrella of family violence, it appears to be qualitatively different from other forms of intra-family abuse. Research has primarily focused on prevalence rates and the characteristics of perpetrators and victims. While various factors such as gender, age, emotional attachment to parents, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, family stress and parenting style and structure have been associated with parent abuse, findings are equivocal. Etiological models are general and untested, and treatment approaches lack empirical support. It is concluded that more rigorous and extensive research is required in order to provide a deeper understanding of this complex issue, and to inform treatment approaches.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10578-007-0061-x
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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