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Promoting resilience and agency in children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and abuse: The "MPOWER" intervention

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Callaghan JEM, Fellin LC & Alexander JH (2019) Promoting resilience and agency in children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and abuse: The "MPOWER" intervention. Journal of Family Violence, 34 (6), p. 521–537. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-018-0025-x

Abstract
The MPOWER programme is a resource oriented intervention to support children and young people (CYP) affected by domestic violence and abuse. It draws on principles from feminist informed systemic family practice and creative therapies. The intervention was delivered in 4 European countries (Greece, Italy, Spain and England), reaching 58 CYP. CYP who participated completed the Children’s Outcome Rating Scale (CORS), and the Children’s Group Session Rating Scale (CGSRS) (Duncan et al., 2003), and a descriptive analysis of this data suggests improvement in subjective wellbeing as CYP moved through this programme. Qualitative interviews were also conducted with 21 CYP, exploring their experience of the group intervention and of its impact in their life. These interviews were analysed thematically (Braun & Clark, 2006). Three themes are discussed: These were “Working Together: Building Trust and Sharing Common Experiences”; “Disclosures, creativity and working with emotions”; and “Roots and Branches: Working with relationships”.

Keywords
domestic violence; intimate partner violence; Children; young people; routine outcomes monitoring; group intervention; resilience; agency; MPOWER

Journal
Journal of Family Violence: Volume 34, Issue 6

StatusPublished
Author(s)Callaghan, Jane E M; Fellin, Lisa C; Alexander, Joanne H
FundersEuropean Commission
Publication date31/08/2019
Publication date online06/12/2018
Date accepted by journal23/11/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28307
ISSN0885-7482
eISSN1573-2851
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