This qualitative synthesis describes the successful coping strategies and service needs of children exposed to family violence using the evidenced based meta-synthesis approach. Social services abstracts, academic search premiere, PubMed, and Google scholar database searches were conducted. 17 studies published between 1991 and 2012 were included in the meta-synthesis. The 17 studies included in the synthesis is not an exhaustive list of studies published on the topic. Findings suggest that social support, resilience, and hope are important factors in helping children successfully cope with exposure to family violence. Child serving agencies can assist children cope with family violence by developing programs that include family mentors, increase children’s knowledge about available services, and encourage children to tell someone about their experiences. Child welfare practice and policy recommendations are provided by the author.
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 4, 2014
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