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From The CriticsReviewer: Carol Capitano, MS (University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center)
Description: This well-organized, comprehensive resource serves two purposes: it is a quick reference guides for the busy practitioner and it provides comprehensive, detailed information in all aspects of child maltreatment. The guidelines, interventions, sample documentation, and color photos provide the practitioner with ample information to assess, identify, and intervene when a child or adolescent is suspected of being maltreated.
Purpose: The book was written to provide nurses with needed information, guidelines, and effective treatment and interventions while caring for the abused and neglected child and adolescent. Although, other books are written on this subject, the information in this book is presented in a clear, concise, and easy to read and reference format. The authors meet their objectives.
Audience: Although the book is targeted to nurses (students and practitioners), of all levels and specialties, its multidisciplinary approach makes it a valuable resource for other disciplines as well. The chapter authors are obvious experts in their field, providing useful and applicable information and interventions.
Features: There are many features in this book that make it a valuable resource for students and practitioners. A systematic, step-by-step approach, which includes guidelines for interviewing, treatment, and intervention, is organized in a way that makes it easy for the busy practitioner to quickly reference the information. The graphic photographs, tables, diagrams, and detailed information delineating different types of abuse provide the practitioner with a frame of reference when determining a diagnosis. The chapters addressing differential diagnosis, accidental versus intentional, as well as the cultural aspects provide alterative possibilities to maltreatment of a child. In addition, current issues are highlighted, such as domestic violence and its effect on the child, and Internet crimes against children. References and appendixes provide additional information for practitioners who choose to explore a topic more extensively. Furthermore, the documentation examples provide an opportunity for healthcare institutions to compare and evaluate their current forms and practices with those from other institutions. There are a few shortcomings. It would have been helpful to include an author index and to identify chapter authors in the table of contents. The research involved and the expertise of the authors is quite evident. I wonder if the book might have been targeted to a more general audience — to all professionals who are mandated to report maltreatment of children.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource that provides a wealth of practical and relevant information that is easy to reference for practitioners. It is a valuable resource in the clinical area, as well as practitioners' personal libraries.