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An Exploration of the Psychological Characteristics of Men Who Cause Severe Physical Harm to Children Under the Age of Five

Dickens, Tara (2018) An Exploration of the Psychological Characteristics of Men Who Cause Severe Physical Harm to Children Under the Age of Five. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,.

Abstract

The serious physical harm of children is a global cross-cultural issue (Stoltenborgn et al,

Ewigman, 2005; Sidebotham, 2011). Historically, research has focused on mothers rather than

offending. Popular theoretical explanations of physical harm adopt the assumption that this is

serious harm (Azar et al, 1998; Milner, 1993). This thesis addresses the gap in knowledge of

and quantitative methods to examine the beliefs and characteristics of 20 prisoners convicted of

serious harm to an adult (adult harmers). Interviews examined relationships with others,

violence and measures examined characteristics of emotional control, anger and provocation

esteem and empathy to children. Interview findings suggest child harmers share some

strategies, close relationships with others, perceptions of being a biological parent, knowledge of

child harmers share similarities to adult harmers in their emotional control, anger and

attachment style, responses to stress, self-esteem and empathy with children. Discriminant

anxious attachment style, coping responses to stress, suspicious thinking in cognitive anger

existing research and how findings challenge the assumption that males who are violent to

offense specific model to explain father figures who seriously harm and an outline of further

with child safeguarding and offender management.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Wood, Jane
Uncontrolled keywords: Child Maltreatment, Child Physical harm, Fathers, Child Abuse
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2019 15:10 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73278 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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