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Project ID: 330272
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: Israel
Domain: Society

Help for emotionally maltreated children

Researchers analysed the effectiveness of identification, prevention and intervention programmes for emotionally maltreated children.
Help for emotionally maltreated children
Emotional maltreatment is known as being the most elusive and damaging of all types of maltreatment for a child. It represents the core issue and most destructive factor across all types of child abuse and neglect. Recently, emotional maltreatment has received scientific attention for its detrimental health consequences.

The effectiveness of programmes for emotional maltreatment had not been examined with meta-analysis. An EU-funded project, AIDING THE NEGLECTED (Aiding the neglected: Meta-analysis of emotional maltreatment prevention and intervention programs), aimed to address this gap, by focusing of the determinants and impact of maltreatment and trauma in families.

Researchers began by establishing working relations with United States research institutes such as the University of California San Francisco, University of California Berkeley and Stanford University. Following this, they also established working relations with Israeli research centres. One main topic of their study was resilience to trauma. This is represented through community violence and family resilience, generational transmission of trauma in foster care children and conflict trajectories in families of children diagnosed with cancer.

AIDING THE NEGLECTED used a large-scale meta-analysis of how parents’ emotion regulation tendencies are related to risk for child maltreatment and how child maltreatment affects the development of emotion regulation in abused/neglected children. They reviewed existing data pertaining to emotion reactivity and emotion regulation of emotionally maltreating parents.

The team also looked at prevention and intervention effectiveness and participatory action research. A large emphasis was placed on Israeli families at risk. A dissemination of the programme in Israel was planned, along with a series of conferences that set out to better the knowledge regarding family violence. The Neglect Centre is an initiative for children who are from mid to high economic status and are neglected, since they may be under-identified.

These outcomes have been useful for establishing identification, prevention and intervention programmes for emotionally maltreated children and can continue to aid children in the future.

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Emotional maltreatment, child abuse, AIDING THE NEGLECTED, trauma, emotion regulation
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