ERIC Number: ED325737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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Development of an Outreach Group for Children Ages Five through Thirteen Who Have Witnessed Domestic Violence.
This practicum took place at a spouse abuse shelter located in a county classified as urban in the southeast United States. It was found that once a family left the shelter, support groups were not available to help the children with feelings related to living in a home where domestic violence has occurred. Most of these children were already exhibiting characteristics that demonstrated their potential of following the inter-generational cycle and becoming abusers or victims of abuse as adults. A 10-week outreach group was designed for children who were living away from the domestic violence situation. The group met at the same time as a therapy group for the mothers who were abused. The group addressed issues such as feelings, self-esteem, stress, stereotypes, and non-violent conflict resolution. Topics were chosen to provide children with the skills necessary to break the intergenerational cycle. Although most of the children attended only one-half of the group sessions, mothers stated that they saw improvements not only in their children's behavior, but also in their self-esteem and ability to solve problems. Another important consideration of the success of the children's group was that the mothers were also attending a therapy group. Mothers were able to deal with their own issues and become more aware of the dynamics of spouse abuse and how it affects their children. Through parental awareness and children's support groups, children can acquire the skills necessary to avoid abusive relationships. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: M.S. Practicum Report, Nova University. Best copy available.