Family dynamics associated with the use of psychologically violent parental practices

Authors: Gagné, Marie-Hélène; Bouchard, Camil
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore the family dynamics that are associated with parental psychological violence. A qualitative theorizing analysis has been performed upon the content of 26 interviews with parents and practitioners, in order to: (1) develop a typology of family dynamics conducive to psychologically violent parental practices, and (2) provide some support to this typology by confronting it with other data and real life cases. The results suggest four types of families in which psychological violence is likely to occur, characterized respectively by a scapegoat child, a domineering and intolerant father, a rigid and manipulative mother, and a chaotic and incompetent parent. Participants’ explanations of the occurrence of psychological violence in a given family support the proposed typology: a different explanatory profile is associated with each type of psychologically violent family. Furthermore, the typology has been submitted to practitioners working in the fields of child protection and community family support, who applied the typology to real files in their caseloads in order to assess its usefulness in clinical settings. This procedure supported the relevance of the proposed typology for practice.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 19 April 2004
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Journal of Family Violence , Vol. 19 (2), 117–130 (2004)
Alternative version: 10.1023/B:JOFV.0000019842.74408.b0
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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