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Bugental et al., 2002: Attributing parental challenges to external causes decreased child abuse and mother's depression, and increased children health, especially among at-risk first-year mothers

Reference:

Bugental, D. B., Ellerson, P. C., Lin, E. K., Rainey, B., Kokotovic, A., & O'hara, N. (2010). A cognitive approach to child abuse prevention.
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Summary:

Over an average of 17 home visits during the baby’s first year, paraprofessionals asked mothers demographically at risk of committing child abuse to identify challenges in parenting (e.g., “My baby won’t stop crying”) and kept asking why they were having this challenge (“Could it be something else?”) until the mother gave a reason that did not blame themselves or their baby (e.g., not “I’m a bad mom” or “My baby is a bad baby” but “Maybe the baby needs a new bottle”). They then problem-solved with the mother to address this problem. As compared to both visits without this component, which provided mothers information about healthy development and relevant services, and a no-visit condition, this reduced the rate of child abuse during the first year from 23% to 4%, with the greatest effect among high-risk infants (58% vs. 10%). It also improved children’s health and reduced mothers’ depression at the child’s first birthday.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Personal and Social Experiences

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Psychological Question Addressed

Why Is my baby fussing?Why Is my baby fussing?

Psychological Question Addressed

Why Is my baby fussing?

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Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Why Is my baby fussing?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018