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Declan Coogan
Health and Social Work
Responding to Child to Parent Violence - Innovative practices in child and adolescent mental health
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child to parent violence; innovative practice; non violent resistance programme; barriers to recognition
Child to parent violence is as an act carried out by a child with the intention to cause physical, psychological, or financial pain or to exert power and control over a parent (Cottrell 2001; Calvette et al 2013). Although not yet a visible and explicit concern of social work policy and practice development, child to parent violence is a growing social problem with broad implications for research, policy and intervention (Avrahim-Krehwinkel & Aldridge 2010; Coogan 2011; Hong et al 2012). Clinical practice experiences of practitioners in child and adolescent mental health also suggest that the aggressive behaviour of children and adolescents towards their parents is an increasing concern in the community. Although the initial referral to out-patient child and adolescent mental health services may be related to concerns about ADHD, depression or out of control behaviours, more parents are beginning to talk with embarrassment and fear about their experiences of being the target of their child’s physical and emotional aggression and violence in their homes. This paper examines the emergence of child to parent violence and proposes a clear definition of child to parent violence for social work practitioners and researchers in mental health. Using an outline case example from community mental health practice in Ireland, the Non Violent Resistance Programme (Omer 2004; Weinblatt & Omer 2008) will be suggested as one innovative response to the problem of child to parent violence.
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