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Child - Parent Violence (CPV): an exploratory exercise

Thorley, Wendy (2017) Child - Parent Violence (CPV): an exploratory exercise. Discussion Paper. University of Sunderland, Sunderland.

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CPV as an adolescent concern tends to be the focus of research published and guidelines indicated to date (for example see The Home Office, 2015 Guidance for working with Adolescents ) a notion indicated in the findings of Cottrell and Monk (2004) whose qualitative overview of common themes (ranging from mid 1970’s) identified that most studies focused on CPV involving those aged 10-18 years of age. In contrast the results of the exploratory survey suggest that more focus needs to be given to families of younger children, particularly those within the primary age phase, as argued by Bonnick (2016) in her podcast discussion interview. What appears evident, from the initial exploratory exercise, is the need for early intervention and wider professional understanding regarding CPV, insomuch as a continued focus around adolescent CPV may lead to many families being overlooked. Following this suggestion these families could then find they are passed over for the support they require, at a time when it is needed.

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Additional Information: This report reviews the initial findings of an exploratory exercise carried out at the end of 2016, to open up more extensively discussions around Child – Parent Violence (CPV). On the 7th November 2016, Al Coates released via social media, a podcast interview with Helen Bonnick , discussing Child -Parent violence. The response was unexpected and opened up a diverse and complex discourse exploring both the issues and the family impact of CPV for families within the UK. This was particularly highlighted for those who were adoptive families. The response received suggested and pointed to CPV being more than just an adolescent concern for those engaging in discussion via social media and one that was instrumental in family crisis and family difficulty.
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Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2017 12:01
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 10:40


Author: Wendy Thorley

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Faculty of Education and Society


Education > Childhood Studies
Social Sciences > Working with Young People

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