Advances in Mental Health, Vol 9, No 2 (2010)

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New Directions in Treatment of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect in Australia: MST-CAN a Case Study

Helen Stallman, Karen E Walmsley, William Bor, Maria Collerson, Cynthia Cupit Swenson


The current case study presents the first illustration of an ecological model of service delivery for child abuse and neglect, Multisystemic Therapy (MST-CAN) in the Australian context. Participants were a single parent family with two children aged 7 and 8 referred for child neglect. The intervention addressed the multiple mental health and practical needs within the child's social ecology, as well as the precipitating and perpetuating factors for the case of neglect. Interventions targeted maternal depression, alcohol abuse, parenting, financial management, employment, housing, and family communication. Treatment goals of increased functioning across multiple life domains were met including parent psychopathology, practical needs, and family reunification.  Directions for future research are discussed.

Advances in Mental Health

ISSN 1837-4905
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