Mothers Accused and Abused: Addressing Complex Psychological Needs brings together stories about mothers who are accused of harming, and in some cases killing, their children, children who subsequently harm or kill others and the challenges to professionals who work with them.
Contributors consider the deeply rooted cycles of neglect and abuse manifested in the childhoods of mothers, who only come to our attention when their extreme distress is expressed through their actions. By recognising the long-standing, unmet dependency needs of abused and neglected women, the book argues that longer term engagement can prevent a seemingly endless repetition of court hearings and imprisonment, and thereby address cycles of neglect.
With sections on mothers in prison and interventions following child care proceedings, Mothers Accused and Abused will be a valuable resource to those working in the criminal and civil justice systems, social work and mental health as well as others who, in a professional or personal capacity, encounter troubled mothers and their children.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Setting the scene: Reflections on a ground-breaking book
Mother, madonna, whore: understanding perverse mothering: Reflections on a ground-breaking book
Estela V. Welldon
Caring for the mother and as well as her children
Mothers and the law: Mythologies and stereotypes - a woman’s lot?
The pain of relationships lived and re-lived
Infanticide, matricide or suicide
Treating violent men: The significance of the mother-son relationship
Staff accused and abused: Managing anxiety, pain and distress in systems of care
Mothers in prison
Transition to motherhood and becoming a child-less mother in prison
Therapy with a mother and baby in prison
Pamela Windham Stewart
Cover stories: Art psychotherapy with mothers in prison who have killed or harmed their children
Interventions following child care proceedings
Last chance saloon: From repetition to growth, a young mother's journey in brief psychotherapy
Better outcomes and better justice: The Family Drug and Alcohol Court
Steve Bambrough, Nicholas Crichton & Sheena Webb
The mother in mind: A therapeutic group for mothers who have had a child removed from their care
Gwen Adshead & Anna Williams
Taking a break: The work of Pause
Content provided by Pause
Angela Foster, Beate Schumacher & Davina Jhummun
Glossary of psychoanalytic terms
Robert D. Hinshelwood
About the Editor
Angela Foster is a psychiatric social worker, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor and consultant working with clinical teams and individuals in mental health, forensic, substance misuse and child care services. She has published many papers and co-edited a number of books.