In the Name of the Child: A Developmental Approach to Understanding and Helping Children of Conflicted and Violent Divorce, Second Edition [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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In the Name of the Child: A Developmental Approach to Understanding and Helping Children of Conflicted and Violent Divorce, Second Edition

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Overview

"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 divorce .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 of In the Name of the Child examines 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826111289
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • File size: 1,003 KB

Meet the Author

Janet R. Johnston, PhD, 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 Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition. As professor in justice studies at San Jose State University for the past decade, her focus has been on social policies in family and juvenile courts within the context of their communities. She has been the honored recipient of multiple prestigious awards for her numerous publications and keynote presentations at scientific and professional meetings to mental health and legal professionals throughout the USA and abroad. She is the first co-author of Impasses of Divorce: The Dynamics and Resolution of Family Conflict (1988); and Through Children's Eyes: Healing Stories for Children of Divorce (1997).
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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Problem and the Challenge
1 The Family Crucible of High-Conflict Divorce and Entrenched Custody Disputes 3
2 Domestic Violence and Parent-Child Relationships in Families Disputing Custody 25
3 The Prism and the Prison of the Child: How Children Defend and Cope 46
Pt. II The Development of Children in High-Conflict Families
Introduction to Part II 73
4 Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Problems in Separation-Individuation 77
5 The Preschool Years: Separation, Gender, and Sexualized Anxiety 107
6 School-Age Children: The Struggle to Feel Lovable, Good, and Competent 140
7 Early Adolescent Issues: Toward Resolution or Stalemate 165
8 Parental Alignments and Alienation Among Children of High-Conflict Divorce 193
Pt. III Interventions on Behalf of Children of High-Conflict Divorce
9 Building Multidisciplinary Partnerships with the Court: A Spectrum of Dispute Resolution Services 221
10 Clinical Work with Parents and Children of Families in Entrenched Custody Disputes 249
11 Group Treatment of Children in Conflicted and Violent Families 278
Appendix Guidelines for Initial Assessment of High-Conflict Divorcing Families
References 315
Bibliography 327
Index 331
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