Handbook of Social Work in Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse / Edition 1

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The enlightening collection of new approaches to understanding sexual abuse

When sexual abuse occurs, helping those directly affected can be a difficult and convoluted task. The Handbook of Social Work in Child & Adolescent Sexual Abuse is a comprehensive guide that provides the latest information on assessment, management, prevention, and policy. Through insightful and accessible discussions, this collection of essays encompasses the full spectrum of child and adolescent sexual abuse to shed needed light on an affecting issue. This innovative text is the up-to-date source for unique and compassionate ways of supporting and treating survivors.

The increased attention given to child sexual abuse in recent years has revealed how little we know about this tragedy. The Handbook of Social Work in Child & Adolescent Sexual Abuse is the practical compendium that covers the already existing information regarding violence against children and delves into practical methods for treating those immediately affected by it. From its historical place in society to contemporary issues of prevention that have only recently come to light, contributors examine essential details in-depth and provide concise, empirical directions for short- and long-term support. Also included is the important and newly-available assessment and treatment information focusing on ethnicity, gender, and comorbid influences as they relate to family member treatment.

Among the topics discussed in the Handbook of Social Work in Child & Adolescent Sexual Abuse are:

• Historical views of and responses to sexual abuse
• Risk and protective factors
• Life stage consequences
• Theories of family dysfunction
• Comorbidity and attachment
• Intrafamilial abuse
• The non-family offender
• Current empirical assessment methods
• Approaches to treatment in children
• Approaches to treatment in adolescents
• Neurological effects of abuse
• Treatment for the non-offending caregiver
• The role of the internet and other media
• Policy and practice implications
• The prevalence and consequences of abuse
• New methods of abuse prevention and child protection
• The etiology of sexual offending in an attachment framework
• And much more!

The Handbook of Social Work in Child & Adolescent Sexual Abuse is an essential resource for educators, medical practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, family therapists, and students, researchers, and academics in the field of social work.
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What People Are Saying

Barbara Thomlison
PROVIDES A VIVID GLIMPSE of the state of child and adolescent sexual abuse practice and risk factor research. . . . CONCEPTUALLY RICH. . . . Each topic can be consulted independently or reading the book sequentially works well for a course. . . . A great resource for clinical child psychology students, social workers, and counseling educators. The book HAS MUCH TO OFFER ALL OF US ( Barbara Thomlison, PhD, Professor of Social Work, Institute for Children & Families at Risk, Florida International University)
Kathleen Coulborn Faller
INSTRUCTIVE. . . . Contains chapters written by leading experts in child and adolescent sexual abuse and is particularly useful because it takes into account that sexual abuse is an international problem by including chapters not only from important authors in the U.S. but also Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. . . . AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO THE SEXUAL ABUSE LITERATURE. (Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, ACSW, Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor, School of Social Work, Director, Family Assessment Clinic, The University of Michigan)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789032010
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/14/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Hilarski, PhD, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, is Associate Professor at SUNY Buffalo State in the Department of Social Work. With more than a decade of experience in practice, she has worked on many grant-funded research programs and currently serves on several editorial boards. Dr. Hilarski is the author of over two dozen manuscripts and books, most recently Addiction, Assessment, and Treatment with Adolescents, Adults, and Families.

John S. Wodarski, PhD, MSSW, is the author of numerous texts and journal publications and is Editor-in-Chief of Stress, Trauma, and Crisis: An International Journal and of the Social Work Series (Haworth). Besides being the recipient of over 100 foundation awards, Dr. Wodarski is a leading researcher in child and adolescent health behavior. He is Professor of Social Work at the University of Tennessee.

Marvin D. Feit, PhD, is Dean and Professor of the Norfolk State University Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work. In addition to being the author or co-author of many books and articles, Dr. Feit is also the co-editor of the Journal of Social Service Research and the founding Editor of the Journal of Health and Social Policy (Haworth), the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (Haworth), and the Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice.
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Table of Contents

About the Editors. Contributors. Hilarski, Historical Overview. Introduction. Early Civilization. Ancient Greece. The Roman Empire. The Middle Ages (500 to 1400). The Restoration (1400 to 1600). Colonial America (1600 to 1700). Global Issues (1700 to 1900). Community Response. Conclusion. Hilarski, Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse. Introduction. Definition. Prevalence and Incidence. Risk and Protective Factor. Life Stage Consequences. Conclusion. Harrington, Hisle-Gorman, Dia, Family Dysfunction: Theoretical Explanations and Ethnic Considerations. Introduction. Background. Importance of Theory. Levels of Theory. Grand Theories. Micro Level Theories. Ethnic and Cultural Considerations. Conclusion. Gannon, Gilchrist, Wade, Intrafamilial Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse. Introduction. Intrafamilial Offenders: A Definition. Who is the Intrafamilial Abuser? What Does the Intrafamilial Offender Do? What is the Damage Done? Why Do Men Sexually Abuse Their Own Children? Psychological Factors Related to Interfamilial Offending. Treatment for Intrafamilial Offenders. Is it Possible to Reunify the Family? Conclusions. Hilarski, The Nonfamily Sex Offender. Introduction. What is Sex Offending? Characteristics of the Child Sex Offender. Can Child Sex Offenders Stop Victimizing? Criminal Careers and Specialization. Recidivism. Desistance. Conclusion. Devilly, Varker, Cook, Yap, Current Empirical Assessment Methods. Introduction. Assessment Issues. Structured and Semistructured Interviews. Empirically Based Assessment Interviews. Self-Report Measures. Psychophysiological Assessment. Conclusion. Nurcombe, Treatment for the Sexually Abused Child. Adult Outcome. The Immediate Effects of CSA. Risk Factors. Treatment Research. Modular, Goal-Directed Treatment. Conclusion. Nelson-Gardell, Treatment for Sexually Abused Adolescents. Introduction. Adolescence: What is it? Neurological Effects of Trauma. The Effects of Sexual Victimization. Assessment. Treatment Planning. Treatment. Bibliotherapy Resources. Conclusion. Alaggia, Knott, Treatment for the Nonoffending Caregiver. Introduction. Nonoffending Caregiver Treatment Issues. Treatment Models with Nonoffending Caregivers. The Role of Attachment. Cultural and Gender Issues. Comorbidity and Domestic Violence. Conclusion. Renk, Baksh, Donnelly, Roddenberry, Prevention Endeavors. Introduction. Families. Schools. The Community and the Legal System. The Internet and Other Sources of Media. Conclusions. Goldsmith, Tang, Freyd, Policy and Practice Implications. Introduction. Prevalence and Consequences of Child Sexual Abuse. Impaired Awareness for Abuse. Disclosure of CSA. Professional Responses to CSA. CSA and Public Policy. Recommendations. Index. Reference Notes Included.

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