Individual Cognitive Behavioral Treatment and Family Therapy for Physically Abused Children and their Offending Parents: A Comparison of Clinical Outcomes

  title={Individual Cognitive Behavioral Treatment and Family Therapy for Physically Abused Children and their Offending Parents: A Comparison of Clinical Outcomes},
  author={David J. Kolko},
  journal={Child Maltreatment},
  pages={322 - 342}
  • D. Kolko
  • Published 1 November 1996
  • Psychology
  • Child Maltreatment
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