Interventions for children who have experienced physical abuse: A systematic review narrative synthesis

Pearson, Kirstin ORCID: 0000-0001-7718-8185, Stephens-Lewis, Danielle ORCID: 0000-0001-6694-9954 and Schenke, Kimberley C ORCID: 0000-0002-1184-4802 (2024) Interventions for children who have experienced physical abuse: A systematic review narrative synthesis. Children and Youth Services Review, 163. Art 107684. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2024.107684

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Aim Physical abuse has been linked to poor mental and physical health in adulthood, more recently findings have suggested that these effects can be present in children as young as three. Though these effects are known, research exploring interventions specifically for children who have experienced physical abuse is scarce. The current systematic review uses a narrative synthesis approach to examine studies which reported on interventions for children who have experienced physical abuse. Method A number of databases were searched, and studies were selected based on hierarchical criteria. This systematic review used a narrative synthesis approach to evaluate the interventions involved in the studies selected. Results: There were 17 studies included in this review, each of the studies reported improvements in at least one of the necessary outcome areas evaluated which included: behavioural, cognitive, and socio-emotional outcomes. Conclusion Overall efficacy of interventions was not able to be determined due to the heterogeneity of the studies, however theoretical underpinnings and successful components of interventions are discussed in this review. Limitations and recommendations for the future are also addressed.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ499 Mental disorders. Child psychiatry
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Charlotte Crutchlow
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2024 08:01
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 14:00

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