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Children Who See Too Much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence Project
For the last ten years Betsy Groves has been working with children traumatized by witnessing violence. In this book she shows how children understand, respond to, and are affected by violence, especially domestic violence. Groves makes the powerful case that traumatic events carried out by family members carry the most severe psychological risks for very young children. Sh ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published January 20th 2003 by Beacon Press
(first published October 13th 2001)
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Jan 25, 2008 Erin Fairchild rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: social workers & child therapists
This woman doesn't know it, but she's totally my career mentor. I don't think anyone I know wants to read books on this subject matter, but if you ever get a hankering for successful interventions in childhood trauma and domestic violence, this lady is aces. It brings a tear to my eye, actually, how good she is.
This was a good book, well-presented, but I had just finished reading The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and that had a little bit more information and was easier for me to digest because each piece of information was imbedded in a case study.
This book was very clearly written and definitely drew on McAlister Groves' extensive experience to illustrate problems and solutions through storytelling. Perhaps most surprising to me is that just 20 years ago, there was no recognition among psychiatrists/psychologists/therapists that young children could be affected by witnessing violence. It was assumed that children, especially toddlers, were unlikely to remember traumatic events. Based on this understanding, parents and others avoided talk ...more
This book is helpful but very limited. If you have never dealt with domestic violence before then it is a good read. If you are looking for in depth dealing with kids who witness violence, you should look else where. There are helpful observations, good tips and a good projection of what society needs to do to help kids deal with their emotion after witnessing violence.