School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 Up-This anthology includes essays that initially appeared in periodicals, newspapers, books, government documents, and public and private organizational publications, mainly in the late 1990s. A balanced presentation of highly controversial views, the selections differ in style and polish; some are carefully reasoned, and others are emotionally charged. Three major sections explore the dimensions of the problem, its causes, and possible remedies. Risk factors such as substance abuse and addiction, poverty, a parental history of childhood victimization, and parental cohabitation are discussed. The family preservation philosophy, the status of the foster-care system, mandatory reporting laws, and proposals to license parenthood are also considered. A chapter devoted to sexual abuse probes the arguments for and against community notification, indefinite confinement, and castration of sex offenders. Pulling no punches, this title covers its subject well. Useful for research, for reports, and for debates.-Libby K. White, Jewish Vocational Services, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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