Child-related information processing in step-parents : investigating the Cinderella effect

Jones, Benjamin R. 2006, Child-related information processing in step-parents : investigating the Cinderella effect, D.Psychology (Forensic) thesis, School of Psychology, Deakin University.

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Title Child-related information processing in step-parents : investigating the Cinderella effect
Alternative title Evaluating risk with forensic clients
Author Jones, Benjamin R.
Institution Deakin University
School School of Psychology
Faculty Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
Degree name D.Psychology (Forensic)
Date submitted 2006
Keyword(s) Stepfamilies - Psychological aspects
Stepparents - Family relationships
Stepchildren - Family relationships
Child abuse
Risk management - Forensic psychology
Summary This thesis examined the over-representation of step-parents as perpetrators of child physical abuse. Results suggested a number of differences between step- and biological parents in attachment, information-processing, and disciplinary practices. Results were used to formulate a model of step-parental abuse, which has potential implications for the prevention of child physical abuse. The professional portfolio presents four cases from forensic practice in which predictions about further criminal behaviour are made. These cases are then used to discuss several practical questions that may be posed by psychologists who are considering which approach (clinical or actuarial) to use.
Notes Degree conferred 2007.
Language eng
Description of original 2 v. ; 30 cm.
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.8747
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