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Project: Evaluation of group interventions for children after exposure to violence toward a caregiver

Exposure to violence toward a caregiver is associated with negative impact on children's health and development. Effective interventions for children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) is needed. The project explores two different group interventions for children exposed to IPV.

Project information

Project manager
Karin Pernebo
Other project members
Idor Svensson, Linnaeus University; Kjerstin Almqvist, Karlstad University, Sweden; Mats Fridell, Lund University, Sweden
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University; Karlstad University, Sweden; Region Kronoberg, Sweden
Financier
Region Kronoberg, Region Värmland and Södra regionvårdsnämnden, Sweden
Timetable
2012–2021
Subject
Psychology (Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

More about the project

Exposure of violence toward a caregiver during childhood is associated with negative impact on children's health and development. Young children have been identified to be at extra high risk of exposure and of negative consequence. A substantial part of exposed children have been shown to need treatment interventions, and effective interventions for children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) are needed. Evaluations have found existing interventions in Sweden to be associated with positive but insufficient outcomes. There is a need for effective interventions for children exposed to IPV in clinical as well as community settings.

The research project investigates the outcomes of two different group interventions for children exposed to violence toward a caregiver. Outcome defined as psychological health, including symptoms of post-traumatic stress, and continued or renewed exposure to violence in children and caregivers is studied and will be followed 6 and 12 months after termination of the interventions. Additionally, children’s experiences of participating in treatment and descriptions of the abused parent will be studied.