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The editors present a balanced view from credible sources to help readers draw conclusions to such questions as "What factors contribute to child abuse?" and "How can society reduce child abuse?" But in the initial section, the question asked is "Is child abuse a serious problem?" A series of short articles taken from a variety of sources affirm or negate the extent of the problem. Those articles that are listed as supporting the view that child abuse is not a serious problem either focus on allegations in specific cases (divorce), or are taken from unreliable sources, including Web sites with a clear bias. Given the irrefutable evidence that child abuse is a serious problem in the United States, it is disingenuous to present the question as debatable. More reliable information can be found in John Haley and Wendy Stein's The Truth about Abuse (Facts On File, 2005).
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