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Women Who Abuse Their Children: Implications for Pediatric Practice

Women Who Abuse Their Children: Implications for Pediatric Practice Abstract • Parents who abuse their children may not accept traditional therapy but may be influenced by the child's primary care physician. A comparative study of abusive and nonabusive mothers showed abusers to have lower self-concept and higher self-concept incongruence and inconsistency than nonabusers. They were also found to value authority over others more, and conformity and benevolence less, than nonabusers. Practically applied, the data lead the pediatrician to an educative and supportive role in which he or she may enhance self-esteem and lower unrealistic expectations in the course of treating the child. In addition, there seems to be a need to develop access to support groups, day care, and other avenues for the mother's personal growth. This may be done either within a pediatric practice or through liaison with community resources. (Am J Dis Child 134:947-950, 1980) References 1. Morris M, Gould R: Role Reversal: A Necessary Concept in Dealing With the Battered Child Syndrome . New York, Child Welfare League of America, 1963. 2. Elmer E: Children in Jeopardy . Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1967. 3. Gil D: Violence Against Children . Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 1970. 4. Steele B, Pollack C: A psychiatric study of parents who abuse infants and small children , in Helfer R, Kempe CH (eds): The Battered Child . Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1974, pp 89-133. 5. Paulson MJ, Schwemer GT, Bendel RB: Clinical application of the Pd, Ma and (OH) experimental MMPI scales to further understanding of abusive parents . J Clin Psychol 32:558-564, 1976.Crossref 6. Pelton LH: Child abuse and neglect: The myth of classlessness . Am J Orthopsychiatry 48:608-617, 1978.Crossref 7. Klein M, Stern L: Low birth weight and the battered child syndrome . Am J Dis Child 122:15-18, 1971. 8. Helfer RE: The responsibility and role of the physician , in Helfer R, Kempe CH (eds): The Battered Child . Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1974, p 25. 9. Carney RE, Spielberg G, Weedman C: Self-Concept Evaluation of Location Form: Manual . San Diego, Carney, Weedman & Associates, 1980. 10. Gordon IV: Survey of Interpersonal Values, Revised Manual . Chicago, Science Research Associates, 1976. 11. Rosen B: Self-concept disturbance among mothers who abuse their children . Psychol Rep 43:323-326, 1978.Crossref 12. Rosen B: Interpersonal values among child abusive women . Psychol Rep 45:819-822, 1979.Crossref 13. Rucker R: A value-oriented framework for education and the behavioral sciences , in Laszlo E, Wilbur J (eds): Human Values and Natural Science . New York, Gordon and Breach, 1970, pp 81-94. 14. Maslow A: Toward a Psychology of Being . New York, Van Nostrand & Co, 1968. 15. Lasswell H: Power and Personality . New York, Norton & Co, 1948. 16. Stein MT: The providing of well-baby care within parent-infant groups . Clin Pediatr 16:825-828, 1977.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Women Who Abuse Their Children: Implications for Pediatric Practice

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1980 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130220025008
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Abstract • Parents who abuse their children may not accept traditional therapy but may be influenced by the child's primary care physician. A comparative study of abusive and nonabusive mothers showed abusers to have lower self-concept and higher self-concept incongruence and inconsistency than nonabusers. They were also found to value authority over others more, and conformity and benevolence less, than nonabusers. Practically applied, the data lead the pediatrician to an educative and supportive role in which he or she may enhance self-esteem and lower unrealistic expectations in the course of treating the child. In addition, there seems to be a need to develop access to support groups, day care, and other avenues for the mother's personal growth. This may be done either within a pediatric practice or through liaison with community resources. (Am J Dis Child 134:947-950, 1980) References 1. Morris M, Gould R: Role Reversal: A Necessary Concept in Dealing With the Battered Child Syndrome . New York, Child Welfare League of America, 1963. 2. Elmer E: Children in Jeopardy . Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1967. 3. Gil D: Violence Against Children . Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 1970. 4. Steele B, Pollack C: A psychiatric study of parents who abuse infants and small children , in Helfer R, Kempe CH (eds): The Battered Child . Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1974, pp 89-133. 5. Paulson MJ, Schwemer GT, Bendel RB: Clinical application of the Pd, Ma and (OH) experimental MMPI scales to further understanding of abusive parents . J Clin Psychol 32:558-564, 1976.Crossref 6. Pelton LH: Child abuse and neglect: The myth of classlessness . Am J Orthopsychiatry 48:608-617, 1978.Crossref 7. Klein M, Stern L: Low birth weight and the battered child syndrome . Am J Dis Child 122:15-18, 1971. 8. Helfer RE: The responsibility and role of the physician , in Helfer R, Kempe CH (eds): The Battered Child . Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1974, p 25. 9. Carney RE, Spielberg G, Weedman C: Self-Concept Evaluation of Location Form: Manual . San Diego, Carney, Weedman & Associates, 1980. 10. Gordon IV: Survey of Interpersonal Values, Revised Manual . Chicago, Science Research Associates, 1976. 11. Rosen B: Self-concept disturbance among mothers who abuse their children . Psychol Rep 43:323-326, 1978.Crossref 12. Rosen B: Interpersonal values among child abusive women . Psychol Rep 45:819-822, 1979.Crossref 13. Rucker R: A value-oriented framework for education and the behavioral sciences , in Laszlo E, Wilbur J (eds): Human Values and Natural Science . New York, Gordon and Breach, 1970, pp 81-94. 14. Maslow A: Toward a Psychology of Being . New York, Van Nostrand & Co, 1968. 15. Lasswell H: Power and Personality . New York, Norton & Co, 1948. 16. Stein MT: The providing of well-baby care within parent-infant groups . Clin Pediatr 16:825-828, 1977.Crossref

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American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 1, 1980

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