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Raising Parents

Attachment, Parenting and Child Safety, 2nd Edition

By Patricia M. Crittenden

Routledge – 2015 – 416 pages

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Description

Understanding and helping troubled parents to become secure and balanced people is of crucial importance for the parents themselves, for their children and for society at large. This book provides a systematic account of parental behaviour and the means of identifying and addressing inadequate parenting. It is also a guide to understanding parents as people who have children as opposed to seeing them as existing solely in terms of their ability to fulfil their children's needs.

Keeping as its central concern parents who endanger their children or whose children may endanger themselves or others, Raising Parents provides an accessible overview of the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation, and presents a developmentally attuned, life-span set of procedures for assessing self-protective strategies. It is divided into three parts:

  • Part 1 introduces the DMM model and looks at the workings of attachment and adaptation from childhood development through to becoming a parent in this light. It starts to explain how dangerous and violent parental behaviour can occur.
  • Part 2 discusses presentations of inadequate parental behaviour, providing examples from clinical experience and research, and helps the reader to assess the level of danger it poses.
  • Part 3 outlines strategies for prevention and treatment, and provides a guide to forensic decision-making.

Updated throughout, it contains two new chapters on the assessment of child protection cases and exemplars of functional formulation, as well as more information on neurology, pain and the body. It is designed for all practitioners who work with children or adults who were harmed as children and for students who plan to work with this group, including social workers, family therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists.

Contents

Part 1: Growing Up 1. Yesterday's Children: Today's Mothers and Fathers 2. Early childhood: learning to be safe at home 3. Going to school: coping with a complex world 4. Becoming an adult: leaving and loving 5. Remembering the future: the process of mental representation 6. How do parents affect children's representations? Part 2: Raising Children 7. Representation and child-rearing that endangers children 8. Distortions of normal child protective behaviour: marginal maltreatment of children 9. Distortions of normal child protective behaviour: physical abuse of children 10. Parents whose own needs skew their perceptions: distortions that emphasize parental self-comfort 11. Parents whose own needs skew their perceptions: the absence of parental protection 12. Distortions that substitute erroneous information and accurate information that misconstrue children as being threatened 13.Distortions that substitute deadly delusional information for accurateinformation misconstruing the child as being the threat Part 3: An Integrative Approach to Treatment 14. Why do we need a new theory of treatment? 15. The ideas that underlay the dynamic-maturational model as a meta-theory of treatment 16. The dynamic-maturational model as a comprehensive theory of treatment 17. Assessment relevant to differential treatment 18. Functional formulation and the plan for treatment 19. Functional formulation: exemplar cases 20. Psychological treatment and information processing 21. Psychological treatment: three exemplar cases 22. Improving the safety of children and families 23. The IASA Family Court Protocol for Assessment of Child Protection Cases

Author Bio

Patricia Crittenden works cross-culturally as a developmental psychopathologist at the Family Relations Institute, Miami, USA. She is Chair of the International Association for the Study of Attachment and Adjunct Associate Professor in Dalhousie University‘s Department of Psychiatry, Canada. She received a career achievement award for "Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Child and Family Development" from the European Family Therapy Association in 2004.

Name: Raising Parents: Attachment, Parenting and Child Safety, 2nd Edition (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Patricia M. Crittenden. Understanding and helping troubled parents to become secure and balanced people is of crucial importance for the parents themselves, for their children and for society at large. This book provides a systematic account of parental behaviour and the means...
Categories: Social Work and Social Policy, Child and Family Social Work, Attachment, Parenting