Quick Reference to Child and Adolescent Forensics: A Guide for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals

Quick Reference to Child and Adolescent Forensics: A Guide for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals

by Mary E. Muscari, Kathleen M. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826124178

ISBN-13: 9780826124173

Pub. Date: 06/11/2010

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

Quick Reference to Child and Adolescent Forensics most assuredly needs to have a prominent place in the library of any forensic nurse or health professional and have very worn pages from its frequent use."

--On the Edge, Newsletter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses

Muscari and Brown have written a great reference work for anyone

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Quick Reference to Child and Adolescent Forensics most assuredly needs to have a prominent place in the library of any forensic nurse or health professional and have very worn pages from its frequent use."

--On the Edge, Newsletter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses

Muscari and Brown have written a great reference work for anyone who works with either child or teen victims or perpetrators of violent crime...Highly recommended."

--Choice

This is a comprehensive guide to all forensic aspects of the treatment of children and teens, important to all health care providers who will encounter young patients...Highly recommended."

--Choice

Drs. Muscari and Brown have synthesized the key information on forensics pediatrics and produced a 'must read' text that needs to be on every person's bookshelf.

--Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSc, APRN, BC
Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, Boston College

Health care practitioners frequently work with victims of child abuse, sexual assault, and juvenile offenders, but often lack the education and resources they need to deal with the everyday forensic issues of pediatric practice. This quick guide provides current information that assists pediatric practitioners with the prevention, identification, and management of pediatric victims and offenders.

The book describes the general principles of forensics and its implications in pediatric practice, including the cycle, continuum, and cultural aspects of violence. It also serves as a guide to conducting the forensic assessment and recording the legal documentation, collecting evidence, navigating the criminal and family justice systems, and producing expert witness testimony. The authors clearly define the role of the pediatric provider working with children who witness violence at home, in the community, and in the media.

Key topics:

  • How to detect abusive parents as well as abused children
  • The effects of victimization of children by abusive, absent, or incarcerated parents
  • Delinquency and juvenile justice systems-with insight into bullying, school violence, arson, gang membership, juvenile sex offending, and dating violence
  • Unnatural pediatric deaths, such as sudden unexpected infant and child death, accidents, homicides, and suicides

Practicing emergency room nurses, pediatric critical care nurses, nurse practitioners, and student practitioners will find this book to be an essential reference guide for managing and understanding pediatric forensics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826124173
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/11/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Ann Wolbert Burgess Burgess, Ann Wolbert

Preface: The Forensic Aspects of Pediatrics

Acknowledgments

SECTION I GENERAL PRINCIPLES

1 The Effects of Violence Exposure on Children 3

2 Cultural Aspects of Forensics 17

3 Forensic Assessment and Documentation 29

4 Principles of Evidence 43

5 Navigating the Juvenile Justice System 51

6 Expert Witness Testimony 59

7 Profesional Stress and Burnout 69

SECTION II CHILDREN AS VICTIMS

8 Child Abuse 81

9 Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma 101

10 Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy 113

11 Sexual Abuse 123

12 Sexual Exploitation 139

13 Child Abductions 153

14 Psychological Effects of Victimization 171

15 Children of Incarcerated Parents 185

SECTION III CHILDREN AS OFFENDERS

16 Juvenile Delinquency 195

17 Child Delinquents 211

18 Female Delinquents 221

19 Bullying 229

20 School Violence 247

21 Juvenile Animal Cruelty 259

22 Juvenile Firesetting 269

23 Gangs 283

24 Juvenile Sex Offenders 299

25 Dating Violence 313

SECTION IV UNNATURAL DEATHS

26 Medicolegal Child Death Investigation 327

27 Sudden Unexpected Infant Death 345

28 Filicide 359

29 Child and Adolescent Suicide 369

30 Asphyxial "Games" 377

31 Homicide Survivors 385

FORENSIC GLOSSARY 399

APPENDICES

Appendix A Infant Developmental Milestones Important for Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigations 411

Appendix B State Age Parameters in the Juvenile Justice System 413

Appendix C Crime Victim Compensation Programs 417

Appendix D Pediatric and Parent Asessments 421

Index 437

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