A Consider the Development of the Account of an Abusive Parent
Researchers at the University of Toronto include taken
important steps toward generating a account of an abusive mother or father.
Prof. Gary Walters and doctoral scholar Lynn Oldershaw of the
Department of Psychology have developed something to characterize
parents who physically abuse their kids. This could
ultimately allow social service specialists to identify
parents in child abuse.
Over the last five years, Walters and Oldershaw, in
collaboration with Darlene Hall of the West End Creche, have
examined over 100 moms and their three to six-year-old
children who have been actually abused. In the laboratory, the
mother and child spend thirty minutes in structured activities such
as playing, eating and cleaning-up. The family group interaction is
video-taped and later analyzed.
The researchers have developed a system that allows them
to record the effectiveness of parenting abilities. They are
particularly thinking about disciplinary strategies because abuse
most commonly occurs when the mother or father wants the kid to comply.