A qualitative view of physical child abuse intervention: Five Swedish mothers’ stories
2004 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
There has been an increase in the number of child abuse cases reported to the police since mid 1980s. This has put increased pressure on institutions dealing with the abused children. In this paper, we describe how 5 biological mothers of physically abused children perceive interventions. The interviews concerned interventions from the police department, social services, and mental health services. The mothers narrated similar stories where their statements focused on a process dealing with restrictions, significant others, and living conditions. As previous studies have indicated and as the mothers of the physically abused children also narrated, there is a general acceptance of the police department and mental health services, while many are highly critical towards social services. The common conclusion in the mothers’ narratives is that representatives from the investigated authorities should be encouraged to cooperate and to be clear when explaining the process that awaits each family. In addition to listen and recognize cries for help and learn how to handle people in a crisis situation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 13, no 4, 340-349 p.
Child physical abuse, interventions, experience, process
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63720OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-63720DiVA: diva2:382432