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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Laura Kavesh, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: The book is divided into 12 chapters related to the therapy of abused and neglected children; it begins with an overview of the subject, including research related to the impact of abuse on functioning, then addresses child and family assessment and treatment.
Purpose: The authors seek to provide an inclusive description of individual psychotherapy strategies for children who have endured various types of abuse and neglect. The authors rightfully acknowledge a hole in their work — their failure to address group strategies and their decision to include family strategies only as they complement individual psychotherapy.
Audience: The book is written for clinicians who conduct individual psychotherapy with victims of abuse and neglect.
Features: There are a limited number of tables and figures, but an extensive reference section, in this nicely laid out and organized text, whose readability is aided by the generous use of section heads and whose format (i.e., an initial section on the extent and effects of abuse, followed by a thinner section on evaluation, then extensive attention to therapy) is logical and practical.
Assessment: This book would be a useful addition to university libraries and to the collections of clinicians in the area of abuse and neglect. The authors manage to present an overview/primer for the beginner without sacrificing a more sophisticated arsenal of suggestions and methodologies the more advanced clinician would need to find one more book in this field useful. The book would be less helpful to those who work with teenagers or those whose who do largely group work.