RECOVER – Reconnecting mothers and children after violence: The Child Parent Psychotherapy pilot
Using a mixed method, pre–post design this feasibility study will examine the acceptability of the CPP intervention to women with pre-school-aged children (3 to 5 years) and providers, and identify process issues including recruitment, retention, and barriers to implementation and sustainability. While the focus is on feasibility, intervention efficacy and the acceptability of instrument measures will also be assessed using maternal and child health outcomes and functioning, and mother–child attachment measures.
More Australian research is needed to fully understand parenting in the context of abuse and what works to help women and children recover. Dyadic psychotherapeutic interventions may be most effective given that the CPP methodology offers an early intervention pathway to mitigate the long-term effects of IPV on families and developing children. If feasible, findings will inform future trialling and expansion of CPP nationally.
Dr Leesa Hooker, La Trobe University
Professor Angela Taft, La Trobe University
Professor Cathy Humphreys, University of Melbourne
Professor Sarah Wendt, Flinders University
Emma Toone, Berry Street Childhood Institute
This project is funded by ANROWS Research Fund to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (Philanthropic – Luke Batty Legacy).