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Parent abuse: a review

journal contribution
posted on 01.10.2007, 00:00 authored by N Kennair, David MellorDavid Mellor
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.

History

Journal

Child psychiatry and human development

Volume

38

Issue

3

Pagination

203 - 219

Publisher

Springer Science+Business Media

Location

Norwell, Mass.

ISSN

0009-398X

eISSN

1573-3327

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2007, Springer Science+Business Media