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Young children's experiences of participating in group treatment for children exposed to intimate partner violence: A qualitative study
Kronoberg County Council, Växjö.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology.
2014 (English)In: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, ISSN 1359-1045, E-ISSN 1461-7021, Vol. 21, no 1, 119-132 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The risk of exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) between caregivers is increased during early childhood. The adverse effects on the health and development of the youngest children may be severe. Effective and promising interventions for children who have experienced IPV have been developed and evaluated. However, there is a lack in knowledge about how the children themselves experience the interventions. The aim of this study was to contribute to the evaluation of group treatment designed to improve the psychological health of young children in the aftermath of family violence by elucidating the children's experiences of participating. Nine children, aged 4 to 6 years, were interviewed after participating in group programmes specifically designed for children who have been exposed to intimate partner violence. A semi-structured interview guide with open-ended questions was used. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis, to ensure a focus on the children's own views and experiences. Five master themes embracing the children's experiences were identified: joy - positive emotional experience of participation; security - feeling safe; relatedness - relationships within the group; to talk - externalised focus on the violence; and competence - new knowledge and skills. Theoretical and clinical implications and the benefit of including very young children's views and experiences in research are discussed.

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2014. Vol. 21, no 1, 119-132 p.
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Intimate Partner Violence; children, treatment
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34841DOI: 10.1177/1359104514558432ISI: 000367466100009PubMedID: 25410886OAI: diva2:774079
Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-22 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

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