This text examines child abuse and neglect-the latest research, what maltreatment entails, and how to recognize and report it. The text is based on the existing empirical research on child maltreatment and has a strong basis in the legal system. In order for mandated reporters to fulfill their role, they need objective understanding of the issues and an understanding of how the legal system works. This book will appeal to those who may one day find themselves in the role of a mandated reporter.
Engaging learning tools are integrated throughout:
Focus on Research boxes provide an in-depth look at research or methodologies.
Case Examples and Debates encourage discussion about the gray areas in the field.
Legal Examples and Focus on Law sections explain judicial rulings including guides for locating relevant state statutes.
Resource Boxes provide links to additional resources that go beyond the material covered in the textbook.
Discussion Questions promote dialogue and deepen understanding of the material.
Key Terms in each chapter are defined when first introduced and appear in the book's glossary.
Conclusions and Definitions help students focus on the key concepts introduced in each chapter.
The book opens with the background on child maltreatment including its history, an overview of the research, and the risk factors. Details about mandated reporting are also explored. Different forms of maltreatment-physical abuse, neglect, psychological maltreatment, sexual abuse, fetal abuse, and Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome-are then examined, along with resiliency, in a new chapter to this edition. Incidence estimates and consequences for each type of maltreatment are provided. Legal issues including forensic interviewing are then reviewed. The book concludes with what happens to a child after a report is filed along with suggestions for preventing child maltreatment.
Intended as a text for courses in child abuse, child maltreatment, family violence, or sexual and intimate violence taught in psychology, human development, education, criminal justice, social work, sociology, women's studies, and nursing, this book is also an invaluable resource to workers who are mandated reporters of child maltreatment and/or anyone interested in the problem. This book is based on the legal system and the Child Protection System in the United States of America.
Part I: Introduction/Purpose 1 Introduction 2 Risk Factors for Child Maltreatment 3 Mandated Reporting Part II: Types of Abuse and Their Effects 4 Physical Abuse 5 Child Neglect 6 Psychological Maltreatment 7 Sexual Abuse 8 Fetal Abuse 9 Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome 10 Resilience Part III: Legal Issues 11 Forensic Interviewing of Child Victims 12 The Legal System and Child Maltreatment Part IV: What Happens Next 13 The Maltreated Child and Child Protective Services' Response 14 Preventing Child Maltreatment