Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
In this commentary the authors highlight some of the ways that current views of fathers who maltreat their children or partners may be outdated, and consider appropriate services for these men and their families. They examine barriers to intervention with men, including the societal bias that mothers are more amenable to change than fathers as well as the reality that these men are difficult to work with. Help providers must possess the skills necessary to challenge and motivate maltreating and at risk fathers. These skills are described as a combination of those derived from working with male batterers and those working with children and families. A paradigm shift that promotes more accessible help for men and fathers is needed to end men's violence against women and children. (Author abstract modified)
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