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Declan Coogan
Feedback - the Journal of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland
Marking the Boundaries - When Troublesome becomes Abusive and Children Cross A Line in Family Violence
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Child to Parent Violence Parent Abuse Non Violent Resistance Psychotherapy
Practice experience and conversations with other psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists suggest that the aggressive behaviour of children and adolescents towards their parents is an increasing concern in direct work with families. It seems that although the initial referral for assessment and intervention may be related to concerns about ADHD, depression or out of control behaviours, more parents are beginning to talk about their experiences of being the target of their child’s physical and emotional aggression and violence in their homes. In this article I would like to broaden our understandings of family violence to include the threat of and the use of violence by children and adolescents against their parents. One way of making a clear distinction between abusive and violent behaviour and what could be termed as “normal” conflict between parents and their children at different developmental stages will be suggested. Using an outline case example, the Non Violent Resistance Programme (Omer 2004; Weinblatt & Omer 2008) will be suggested as one response to the problem of child to parent violence. Some of the challenges in psychotherapeutic practice for the detection and development of effective responses to child to parent violence will be explored.
Sheila McKenna et al
Family Therapy Assocation of Ireland
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