Negative parental treatment of the singled out child: responses to the problem by health visitors, social services departments and child and adolescent mental health services

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/302078
Title:
Negative parental treatment of the singled out child: responses to the problem by health visitors, social services departments and child and adolescent mental health services
Authors:
Dance, Cherilyn; Rushton, Alan
Abstract:
The focus of this three-part study was on the recognition of, and service response to, families in which negative or rejecting behaviour is shown towards one of the children, whereas the siblings are accepted. Part 1 was an interview-based survey of health visitors’ views. They were able to identify families with such problems but were seldom in a position to intervene constructively and referrals to specialist services were not easily achieved. Part 2 was a case file study based on referrals of alleged emotional abuse to social services offices. The nature of the risk-assessment process undertaken by social workers was explored and it was shown that, beyond the initial stage of seeing the families, a lack of capacity was evident to provide structured assessments of the child, formal assessment of parenting and observation of the parent-child relationship. One-third of the emotional abuse cases were subject to child protection registration but only a minority received substantial social work intervention. Although it was found that singly rather than jointly referred children were given less priority and had less-thorough assessments, this could have been related to other characteristics of these children. Part 3 explored how child mental health professionals conceptualized the families’ difficulties, devised therapeutic interventions, considered obstacles to engaging the families and assessed the benefit of psychological help. It was acknowledged that some of these families can present a considerable challenge to any child welfare system because of denial of the problem or difficulties in engaging with existing services. More attention needs to be paid in these cases to maternal mental health problems, especially depression. Recommendations are made for developing more accessible preventive services while ensuring the protection and effective treatment of the singled-out child.
Affiliation:
Institute of Psychiatry, London
Citation:
Rushton, A., & Dance, C. (2005). 'Negative parental treatment of the singled-out child: responses to the problem by health visitors, social services departments and child and adolescent mental health services' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 10(3), 413-428.
Publisher:
Sage Publications
Journal:
Clinical child psychology and psychiatry
Issue Date:
2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/302078
DOI:
10.1177/1359104505053758
Additional Links:
http://ccp.sagepub.com/content/10/3/413.short
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1359-1045
Appears in Collections:
The Centre for Young People, Poverty and Social Disadvantage

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dc.contributor.authorDance, Cherilynen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRushton, Alanen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-23T11:23:47Zen
dc.date.available2013-09-23T11:23:47Zen
dc.date.issued2005en
dc.identifier.citationRushton, A., & Dance, C. (2005). 'Negative parental treatment of the singled-out child: responses to the problem by health visitors, social services departments and child and adolescent mental health services' Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 10(3), 413-428.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1359-1045en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1359104505053758en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/302078en
dc.description.abstractThe focus of this three-part study was on the recognition of, and service response to, families in which negative or rejecting behaviour is shown towards one of the children, whereas the siblings are accepted. Part 1 was an interview-based survey of health visitors’ views. They were able to identify families with such problems but were seldom in a position to intervene constructively and referrals to specialist services were not easily achieved. Part 2 was a case file study based on referrals of alleged emotional abuse to social services offices. The nature of the risk-assessment process undertaken by social workers was explored and it was shown that, beyond the initial stage of seeing the families, a lack of capacity was evident to provide structured assessments of the child, formal assessment of parenting and observation of the parent-child relationship. One-third of the emotional abuse cases were subject to child protection registration but only a minority received substantial social work intervention. Although it was found that singly rather than jointly referred children were given less priority and had less-thorough assessments, this could have been related to other characteristics of these children. Part 3 explored how child mental health professionals conceptualized the families’ difficulties, devised therapeutic interventions, considered obstacles to engaging the families and assessed the benefit of psychological help. It was acknowledged that some of these families can present a considerable challenge to any child welfare system because of denial of the problem or difficulties in engaging with existing services. More attention needs to be paid in these cases to maternal mental health problems, especially depression. Recommendations are made for developing more accessible preventive services while ensuring the protection and effective treatment of the singled-out child.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://ccp.sagepub.com/content/10/3/413.shorten_GB
dc.subjectchild mental healthen_GB
dc.subjectdifferential parentingen_GB
dc.subjectemotional abuseen_GB
dc.subjectidentification of risken_GB
dc.subjectrejectionen_GB
dc.subjecttherapeutic interventionen_GB
dc.titleNegative parental treatment of the singled out child: responses to the problem by health visitors, social services departments and child and adolescent mental health servicesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute of Psychiatry, Londonen_GB
dc.identifier.journalClinical child psychology and psychiatryen_GB
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