Parental reactions in difficult situations and attributional styles: Expectations by maltreated children.

Author/s Grazia Attili, Lorenza Di Pentima, Alessandro Toni, Antonio Roazzi
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2016/1 Language Italian
Pages 30 P. 89-118 File size 166 KB
DOI 10.3280/MAL2016-001005
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This study aims to analyze maltreated children’s expectations concerning parents’ and their own reactions in difficult situations plus their emotions, causes and blame attributions in these contexts. Drawings by Franchini e Maiolo (2005) depicting difficult situations have been shown to 60 abused children (38 males, mean age = 10.96) and 100 controls (44 males, mean age = 8.7) and they were asked to hypothesize parents’ and character’s reactions. Results show in maltreated children anticipations of negative behaviors and punishments by parents and no help requests by the character. Internal causes with expectations of punishments, self and parents’ blame, sorrow, anger and shame have been also found. It is argumented that these anticipations, more than real experiences, could mediate the disorders found in maltreated children.

Keywords: Maltreatment, expectations, parental reactions, emotions, cause and blame attributions

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