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Cultural translation of a domestic violence intervention for small children: Key policy and practice directions


Bell, E, Cultural translation of a domestic violence intervention for small children: Key policy and practice directions, International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 14, (1) pp. 45-58. ISSN 2191-1231 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1515/ijdhd-2013-0035


Background: This qualitative study responds to recent calls for innovation in domestic violence research in a review, which concluded that the field is dominated by studies that are quantitative and do not take a strong client and social work perspective. It examines Australian child and family support practitioners' perceptions of cultural translation of an activity-based play intervention for small children exposed to domestic and family violence.

Methods: The participants consisted of 335 practitioners, 178 of whom worked with culturally diverse and/or indigenous client groups. Analysis of response sheets involved elements of configurational case-based analysis, computational textual analysis, and critical discourse analysis.

Results: Language associated with cultural or indigenous concepts occurred with 3% and 5% frequencies, respectively, in 8494 instances of 39 concepts found in practitioner responses.

Conclusions: The "order of discourse" in this practitioner language offers theoretical understandings of in-practice challenges of cultural translation of interventions. Findings are discussed in terms of their implications for research methods, theory, and practice in domestic and family violence intervention.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:activity-based play interventions, child abuse, domestic violence
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Community child health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Bell, E (Associate Professor Erica Bell)
ID Code:106639
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-02-17
Last Modified:2016-08-11
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