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Psicologia: teoria e prática

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SILVARES, Edwiges Ferreira de Mattos  y  SOUZA, Carmen Lucia. Couple conflict: children psychological disturbances and behavioral-cognitive diagnostic assessment. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2008, vol.10, n.1, pp. 200-213. ISSN 1516-3687.

Three aspects are discussed, in this paper, in terms of a cognitive-behavioral approach: 1. couple conflict; 2. child psychological disturbance; 3. clinical implications of a relation between these two items. Evidences of a couple conflict that may lead to psychological assistance is the start point of this paper. Further, psychological assessment indications are presented in order to help clinical psychologist to tell if there is or not conflict on a couple that brings a child to therapy. Parent' s perceptions of a “difficult child” in contrast to an “easy child” are the start to make the distinction between child internalizing and externalizing disturbance and their determinants. In continuation, it is established a distinction between causal factors directly and indirectly linked to a problematic behavior as it is a couple conflict, for instance. It is concluded that, to have a proper treatment defined to the child, it is necessary one accurate diagnosis and assessment. That will be comprehensive, it means, not restricted on child immediate context, and enlarged sufficiently to reach macro system, where his parents are included.

Palabras clave : Child psychological disturbance; Couple conflict; Diagnostic; Assessment; Cognitive behavioral treatment.

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