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Supporting families to stay together

Crook, Bradley James (2015)
Clin.Psy.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Literature Review: The effectiveness of attachment-based interventions when used with maltreating families.

This systematic review explores the effectiveness of attachment-based interventions when used with maltreating families. A literature search identified eleven papers testing attachment-based interventions. The results suggest that attachment-based interventions are effective at increasing parental sensitivity, enhancing attachment security and reducing rates of maltreatment, more so than non-attachment-based interventions. Strengths and weaknesses of the reviewed papers are considered and the implications of the findings are presented, in addition to suggestions for future research.

Empirical Paper: Exploring the interplay between social workers' personal and professional experiences when discussing the competence of parents with intellectual disabilities.

Parents with intellectual disabilities are over-represented in child care proceedings and it has been suggested professionals' assessments can be influenced by personal experiences. Ten social workers watched a video of parents with intellectual disabilities and were interviewed regarding their reactions to the video, to explore how they were influenced by their personal and professional experiences. Foucauldian Discourse Analysis revealed that participants drew on their experiences in a number of different ways, which are described in detail. The strengths and limitations of the research are discussed. Clinical implications and future research are suggested and recommendations offered.

Type of Work:Clin.Psy.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Stenfert Kroese , Biza and Larkin, Michael (1971-)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Psychology
Subjects:BF Psychology
HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:6193
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