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J Clin Pharm Ther. 2001 Aug;26(4):279-82.

Lithium reduces maternal child abuse behaviour: a preliminary report.

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The Behaviour Neurobiology Research Group, Neuroscience Laboratory, PUC-RS and Hospital Psiquiátrico São Pedro, Porto Alegre, Brazil. paspl@conex.com.br

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To find out in child abusing mothers whether aggressiveness in general, but which is directed towards their children in particular, could be reduced by giving lithium.

METHOD:

An open trial of lithium in eight child-abusing mothers. Assessment of aggression using Yudofsky's Overt Aggression Scale.

RESULTS:

There was a statistically significant reduction (P < 0.05) in aggressiveness to the children and to inanimate objects.

CONCLUSION:

Lithium could be an effective adjunct in the social and psychological treatment of parents who abuse their children. An adequately powered controlled study testing lithium against placebo over a longer period of treatment and observation would be useful.

PMID:
11493370
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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