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A qualitative exploration of practitioners' understanding of and response to child-to-parent aggression

A qualitative exploration of practitioners' understanding of and response to child-to-parent aggression

O'Toole, Sarah, Monks, Claire ORCID: 0000-0003-2638-181X, Tsermentseli, Stella and Papastergiou, Athanasia (2020) A qualitative exploration of practitioners' understanding of and response to child-to-parent aggression. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. ISSN 0886-2605 (Print), 1552-6518 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520967142)

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Abstract

There has been limited research and policy directed toward defining and understanding child-to-parent aggression (CPA), resulting in inconsistent definitions, understandings, and responses, which has a detrimental impact on families. In particular, there have been limited qualitative studies of those working on the frontline of CPA, hindering the development of effective policy. The present qualitative study therefore aimed to explore practitioner perspectives of CPA. Twenty-five practitioners from diverse fields (e.g. youth justice, police, charities) participated in four focus groups relating to their experiences of working with CPA in the UK. Thematic analysis of focus groups revealed three key themes: definitions of CPA, understanding of CPA risk factors, and responding to CPA. Practitioners understood CPA to be a broad use of aggression to intimidate and control parents and highlighted a range of individual (e.g. mental health, substance abuse) and social (e.g. parenting, gangs) risk factors for CPA. Further, practitioners felt that current methods of reporting CPA were ineffective and may have a detrimental impact on families. The findings of this study have implications for CPA policy and support the need for a multi-agency and coordinated strategy for responding to CPA.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: child-to-parent aggression, family violence, parent abuse, qualitative, practitioners
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Vulnerable Children and Families
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2020 15:56
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29756

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