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Monaghan-Blout, S. (1996) Re-examining assumptions about trauma and resilience: Implications for intervention, Psychotherapy in Private Practice 15(4): 45-69.

Common assumptions about trauma resulting from maltreatment (physical and sexual abuse, witnessing of violence, and neglect) and resilience in the face of such experiences will be explored and challenged by the findings from developmental psychopathology and clinical research. Trauma assumptions to be examined include the inevitably harmful effect of maltreatment, the existence of a core presentation, and the intergenerational transmission of abuse/violence. Resilience assumptions including the perception of resilience as a trait, resilience as a constant, and resilience as psychological well-being will also be explored and corrected. Implications for treatment, following from these modified assumptions, include considerations of when and how we need to intervene on behalf of maltreated children.