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Thought in the face of violence: a child's need

McIntosh, Jennifer E. 2002, Thought in the face of violence: a child's need, Child abuse & neglect, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 229-241, doi: 10.1016/S0145-2134(01)00321-0.

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Title Thought in the face of violence: a child's need
Author(s) McIntosh, Jennifer E.
Journal name Child abuse & neglect
Volume number 26
Issue number 3
Start page 229
End page 241
Total pages 13
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2002-03
ISSN 0145-2134
Keyword(s) Adult
Australia
Child Welfare
Child, Preschool
Domestic Violence
Female
Humans
Impulsive Behavior
Infant
Male
Spouse Abuse
Thinking
Summary OBJECTIVE: This article provides a clinical perspective on the combined impacts on children of spousal violence in the home and the absence of attuned parental thought that accompanies it. METHODS: This article takes the form of a commentary, drawing on clinical case studies and research literature to illustrate the child's experience of "unthinking," nonreflective parental states of mind, from the point of witnessing violence through to contact arrangements post-separation. Parallel dynamics and impacts are discussed with caregiving and legislative systems. RESULTS: The article suggests that "unthinking" states of mind in parents can be as damaging for a child as the overt witnessing and experiencing of violence. CONCLUSIONS: The prevention or early overturning of unthinking states of mind, in and out of the home, greatly influences the nature of a child's recovery from domestic violence.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0145-2134(01)00321-0
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1701 Psychology
1607 Social Work
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2002, Elsevier Science
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091127

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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