ERIC Number: ED357871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Family Structure and Dynamics in Neglectful Families: Implications for Intervention.
Gaudin, James M., Jr.
To identify remedial and preventive interventions that target dysfunctional processes in the family, this study compared the structure and processes of neglectful and non-neglectful families. A sample of 102 neglectful families was identified and recruited from the caseloads of protective service workers in Georgia. A comparison group of 103 predominantly single parent families of low socioeconomic status was recruited from Aid to Families with Dependent Children employment preparation programs and from Head Start programs. Data were obtained from three sources: (1) caseworkers familiar with families in the sample and trained to use the measurement instruments; (2) trained interviewers who conducted in-home interviews; and (3) trained videotape raters who rated videotaped family interventions for 91 neglectful families and 95 comparison group families. Results indicated that caseworkers viewed the neglectful families as less healthy, less able to resolve conflicts, less cohesive, dramatically less well led, and less verbally expressive than the comparison group families. Neglectful families were rated as demonstrating more marked dominance in family leadership, less psychological closeness and cohesion, poorer negotiating skills, more vagueness in verbal expression, less willingness to assume responsibility for their actions, and less empathy toward one another than comparison group families. Implications of these findings for intervention are discussed. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (DHHS/OHDS), Washington, DC.
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