This book provides a systematic account of parental behaviour and the means of identifying and addressing inadequate parenting. It is intended for professionals who work with children or adults who were harmed as children, and its central concern is with parents who endanger their children or whose children may endanger themselves or others. Understanding and helping troubled parents to become secure and balanced people is of crucial importance for the parents themselves, for their children and for society at large. This book is a guide to understanding parents as people who have children as opposed to seeing them as existing solely in terms of their ability to fulfill their children's needs.
The book shares equally a respect for theory, empirical science, and social values and applications. It aims to provide a springboard for new lines of research (e.g. around the role of danger in eliciting inadequate parental behavior and the interdependency of parent and child behaviour) as well as a guide for clinicians and professionals who must protect both disturbed individuals and the public to understand their clients/patients better (both parents and children).
Raising Parents will be essential reading for professionals and practitioners in the field, including psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists ands ocial workers as well as those taking courses in attachment and psychopathology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology and behavioural courses in psychiatry.
Table of Contents
Part 1: 1. Yesterday's Children: Today's Mothers and Fathers 2. Early childhood: learning to be safe at home 3. Going to school: coping with a complex world 4. Becoming an adult: leaving and loving 5. Remembering the future: the process of mental representation 6. How do parents affect children's representations? Part 2: 7. Representation and child-rearing that endangers children 8. Distortions of normal child protective behaviour: marginal maltreatment of children 9. Distortions of normal child protective behaviour: physical abuse of children 10. Parents whose own needs skew their perceptions: distortions that emphasize parental self-comfort 11. Parents whose own needs skew their perceptions: the absence of parental protection 12. Distortions that substitute erroneous information and accurate information that misconstrue children as being threatened 13.Distortions that substitute deadly delusional information for accurateinformation misconstruing the child as being the threat Part 3: 14. Why do we need a new theory of treatment? 15. The ideas that underlay the dynamic-maturational model as a meta-theory of treatment 16. The dynamic-maturational model as a comprehensive theory of treatment 17. Assessment relevant to differential treatment 18. Functional formulation and the plan for treatment 19. Psychological treatment and information processing 20. Psychological treatment: three exemplar cases 21. Improving the safety of children and families
Patricia M. Crittenden received her Ph.D. as a psychologist in the Social Ecology and Development Program at the University of Virginia. She received a career achievement award for 'Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Child and Family Development' from the European Family Therapy Association in Berlin in 2004 and currently works cross-culturally as a developmental psychopathologist developing theory and a developmentally attuned, life-span set of procedures for assessing self-protective strategies.