In the Name of the Child: A Developmental Approach To Understanding And Helping Children Of…

Hardcover | April 6, 2009

byJanet Johnston, Vivienne Roseby, Kathryn Kuehnle

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Johnston, Roseby, and Kuehnle take you behind the child's eyes, into their heads...[they] flesh out the familial context, and bring it all back into the larger social world....When you are done reading, you know who these families are, what the children need, and -- as a clinician -- how you can help them.

--Marsha Kline Pruett,PhD, MSL
Maconda Brown O'Connor Professor
Smith College School for Social Work

This book addresses problems that arise for children of conflicted and violent divorceâñ.It provides a good base for beginning to treat children in this situation as well as good information for understanding the legal and community services available."

--Doody's

The fully updated and revised edition ofIn the Name of the Childexamines both the immediate and long-term effects of high-conflict divorce on children. By combining three decades of research with clinical experience, the authors trace the developmental problems affecting very young children through adolescence and adulthood, paying special attention to the impact of family violence and the dynamics of parental alienation.

The authors present clinical interventions that have proven to be most effective in their own clinical work with families. With a new emphasis on the need for prevention and early intervention, this edition examines how defensive strategies and symptoms of distress in children can consolidate into immutable, long-standing psychopathology in their adult lives. This book contains the policies and procedures that can preempt these high-conflict outcomes in divorcing families.

Key Features:

  • Contains a new chapter examining the effects of violent divorce on a sample of young adults, tracking their developmental changes from adolescence through adulthood
  • Discusses the developmental threats to both boys and girls of different ages and stages, along with therapeutic interventions and guidelines for parenting plans
  • Proposes principles and criteria for decision-making about custody, visitation, and parenting plans based on individual assessment of the developing child within his or her family

    Mental health professionals, educators, family lawyers, judges, and court administrators will find this book to be an essential read, with all the knowledge and insight needed to understand the short- and long-term effects of violent divorce on children."

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Johnston, Roseby, and Kuehnle take you behind the child's eyes, into their heads...[they] flesh out the familial context, and bring it all back into the larger social world....When you are done reading, you know who these families are, what the children need, and -- as a clinician -- how you can help them.--Marsha Kline Pruett,PhD, MSL...

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is a sociologist with a doctorate from Stanford University and a clinical social worker with a master's from the University of Michigan. For three decades she has specialized in research and clinical interventions with high conflict and violent divorcing families, parental alienation and family abduction of children at the Judith Walle...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:486 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.22 inPublished:April 6, 2009Publisher:Springer Publishing Co., Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0826111270

ISBN - 13:9780826111272

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
PART 1. THE PROBLEM AND THE CHALLENGE
1. The Family Crucible of High-Conflict and Violent Divorce
2. The Prism and Prison of the Child
PART II. THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN HIGH-CONFLICT FAMILIES
3. Infants and Toddlers: Problems in Separation-Individuation
4. Preschoolers: Separation, Gender, and Sexualized Anxiety
5. School-Age Children: the Struggle to Feel Lovable, Good, and Competent
6. Adolescents: Toward Resolution or Stalemate
7. Young Adults: Struggling with the Legacy
PART III. INTERVENTIONS ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN IN HIGH-CONFLICT AND VIOLENT DIVORCE
8. Building Multidisciplinary Partnerships between the Family Court and Community
9. Co-Parenting Counseling and Parenting Coordination
10. Treatment of Children in Conflicted and Violent Families
PART IV. SPECIAL ISSUES IN DIFFICULT CUSTODY-DISPUTING FAMILIES
11. Domestic Violence: Differential Assessment and Parenting Plans
12. Parental Abduction: Risk Factors and Preventive Interventions
13. Parental Alignments and Alienation: Differential Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention
14. Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Custody Disputes
Appendix
References
Index