Journal article

Reconnecting mothers and children after violence (RECOVER): a feasibility study protocol of child-parent psychotherapy in Australia

Leesa Hooker, Emma Toone, Vibhay Raykar, Cathy Humphreys, Anita Morris, Elizabeth Westrupp, Angela Taft

BMJ OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Intimate partner violence detrimentally affects the social and emotional well-being of children and mothers. These two populations are impacted both individually and within the context of their relationship with one another. Child mental health, maternal mental health and the mother-child relationship may be impaired as a consequence. Early intervention to prevent or arrest impaired mother-child attachment and child development is needed. Dyadic or relational mental health interventions that include mothers with their children, such as child-parent psychotherapy, are effective in improving the mental health of both children and mothers and also strengthening their relationship...

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centres for Research Excellence Grant


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centres for Research Excellence Grant (GNT 1116690) and Berry Street Childhood Institute. Dr Westrupp was supported by Australian Communities Foundation through the Roberta Holmes Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program at La Trobe University (Coronella sub-fund). Clinical research partners also funded the extensive CPP training for all therapists involved in the study.