ERIC Number: ED272307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-4
Patterns of Problem-Solving in Child Abusing and Nonabusing Families.
This paper examined the processes of problem-solving in a group of child abusing families and in a demographically matched comparison group of nonabusing families. Problem-solving was elicited through an interactional task that required family members to spend 10 minutes deciding upon an area of common disagreement in the family. Responses to the task were then characterized in terms of the extent to which active engagement in the problem-solving reguired by the task was or was not exhibited. It was found that family members in abusing families devoted fewer conversational turns to problem-solving; they exhibited fewer sustained sequences of problem-solving; and children in abusing families were less likely to initiate problem-solving behavior. It was also found that the extent of engagement in the interactional task was predictive of the family's level of participation in treatment; families who were more involved in the task tended to sustain their involvement in treatment longer than those less involved. These findings suggest that abusing and nonabusing families exhibit differential patterns of interaction in response to a problem-solving task and that measurement of problem-solving communiction has relevance to the process of clinical intervention. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Human Development (Nashville, TN, April 3-5, 1986).