VOYA - Cynthia L. BlinnHong's Family Abuse, of Enslow's Issues in Focus series, provides a comprehensive introduction to the nature and depth of family abuses, with a focus on "child maltreatment and domestic violence." Hong strives to educate her readers to recognize and combat all forms of family abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional abuses, and neglect) and acknowledges that victims may be children, siblings, parents, or elders. Illustrating her points through case studies, including stories of public figures, Hong brings issues to life. Her proactive stance includes a chapter on society's role, which recognizes "how public responses can help or hurt victims of mistreatment." Urging her readers to action, she states that "public intolerance of family abuse is the key to prevention and intervention." The graphic descriptions of domestic violence include passages such as "choking, stabbing, burning, [or] attempting to drown." Both titles are informative, but the tone, style, and layout of Reinert's, an Enslow Teen Issues title, target a younger audience. Reinert addresses legal issues and specific advice for recognizing and stopping sexual abuse, beyond Hong's scope. He makes generalizations about male abusers using their size as a threat while women play on feelings, whereas Hong allows that anyone might abuse for any reason. Reinert's extensive state-by-state resource listing leaves me with concern for readers whose states have no listing. Both acknowledge some abuses are insidious, and to-date-unwitting victims might encounter initial recognition on the pages of either text. If you must choose, Hong provides a broader range of information, while Reinert focuses on sexual abuse and incest. Index. Source Notes. Further Reading. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: Family Abuse: A National Epidemic, and Sexual Abuse and Incest. VOYA Codes: 5Q 3P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 Up--Well-researched titles. Family Abuse starts with a real incident involving a child beaten to death and then progresses into a history of family violence, myths about abuse, and how to recognize the problem. Further chapters run the gamut from elder, to child, to spousal and sibling abuse, both physical and emotional. This is not a self-help book but it offers a means of understanding the damage caused by abuse and the community resources available to help stop it. The subject matter is handled in a sensitive and honest manner. Nash begins with one man's personal history with and ultimate death from AIDS. Coverage includes the epidemiology of the disease, information about contracting and preventing its spread, tests available, current research, and a list of agencies and assistance organizations. This title effectively conveys facts in a nonintimidating manner. The presentation is punctuated with diagrams and black-and-white cartoons that serve to educate teens at all levels of literacy and interest, or even denial. Readers interested in learning more about AIDS and other wide-spread infectious diseases could supplement this text with James Cross Giblins's When Plague Strikes (HarperCollins, 1995). There is a need for books about these topics in libraries, and these titles more than adequately give accurate information and, more importantly, provide a catalyst for thought and dialogue.--Joan Soulliere, University of Pittsburgh
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