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(p. 227) “How Am I Supposed to Treat These Cases?” Working with Families Struggling with Entrenched Parent–Child Contact Problems: A Hybrid Case 

(p. 227) “How Am I Supposed to Treat These Cases?” Working with Families Struggling with Entrenched Parent–Child Contact Problems: A Hybrid Case
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(p. 227) “How Am I Supposed to Treat These Cases?” Working with Families Struggling with Entrenched Parent–Child Contact Problems: A Hybrid Case
Author(s):

Barbara J. Fidler

, Robin Deutsch

, and Shely Polak

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190693237.003.0009
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date: 13 November 2019

Effective family interventions when children resist or reject contact with a parent in highly conflicted coparenting cases continue to pose significant challenges for mental health professionals, lawyers, and the courts. There is no consensus within the social science research literature on how best to identify, assess, and clinically respond to situations involving resist-refuse dynamics, which are multifaceted in causation and require clinical and often legal remedies. This chapter differentiates parent–child contact problems on a continuum by nature and severity, provides a triaged model of differentiated clinical and legal approaches, and briefly summarizes the existing research on the efficacy of existing interventions. A moderately severe case example is presented to illustrate screening, assessment, and treatment plan development, the application of Multifaceted Family Therapy, and coordinated legal interventions.

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