ERIC Number: EJ816707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
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Parents Who Abuse: What Are They Thinking?
Seng, Alexandra C.; Prinz, Ronald J.
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, v11 n4 p163-175 Dec 2008
Child abuse is a major social concern around the world. Important to tackling the problem is an understanding of the mechanisms contributing to abusive parenting. This article brings together research on the cognitive variables associated with abusive or high-risk parenting. Considered are dysfunctional child-centered and parent-centered cognitions as potentially critical correlates of abusive behavior. The development of dysfunctional cognitions is also explored. Cognitive vulnerabilities alone are typically not sufficient for the occurrence of abuse. Interactions with additional factors, such as an ability to inhibit aggression, problem-solving capabilities, parenting skills, social isolation, and societal context are examined.
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Rearing, Social Isolation, Parenting Skills, Parenting Styles, Discipline, Cognitive Processes, At Risk Persons, Parent Child Relationship, Aggression, Inhibition, Problem Solving, Social Influences
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