Child Abuse and Family Therapy

Examines the issues facing the therapist: safety of the child, legal aspects, parental resistance, confidentiality, parental power and control.


While most parents attempt to do the best they can for their children, some either cannot or will not meet a child’s most basic needs; the result is child maltreatment of which, there are several forms, e.g. physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, etc. According to Papalia and Olds (1992), the term child abuse is used to refer only to those cases of maltreatment involving physical injury. The authors state that, in America, approximately two million children per year suffer from some form of childhood maltreatment with at least half of these experiencing physical abuse either by itself or in addition to other forms of maltreatment.

The purpose of this paper is to discuss some of the major …

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