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Covering all aspects of child maltreatment-from prevention to intervention to treatment to the legal system-this seminal resource brims with the latest research and practical information from leading scholars that both future and current professionals can use.

Key Features

With approximately 80% new material and a completely reorganized structure, this resource has been thoroughly updated to reflect the newest scholarship

Some of the most notable experts from social work, medicine, mental health, nursing, law enforcement, and law have contributed to this volume

The editor and contributing authors deftly incorporate both theory and practical guidance throughout

Accompanied by Robust Ancillaries

This Handbook offers a test bank for instructors, which can be found on a password-protected study site at

The book is equally valuable for the most seasoned veteran as well as the newest student in Child Abuse and Child Welfare courses in social work and other allied departments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412966818
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 449
  • Sales rank: 276,854
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John E.B. Myers, J.D. is a Distinguished Professor and Scholar at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. He is the author or editor of eight books and more than 100 articles and chapters on child maltreatment and his writing has been cited by more than 140 courts, including the United States Supreme Court. John is a frequent speaker at conferences, having made more than 400 presentations around the world.
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Table of Contents



PART I The Child Protection System in the United States 1

1 A Short History of Child Protection in America John E. B. Myers Myers, John E. B. 3

2 Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Deborah Daro Daro, Deborah 17

3 Child Protection System Diane DePanfilis DePanfilis, Diane 39

4 Juvenile Court John E. B. Myers Myers, John E. B. 53

5 Foster Care and Adoption John E. B. Myers Myers, John E. B. 67

6 Criminal Prosecution of Child Maltreatment John E. B. Myers Myers, John E. B. 87

PART II Neglect 101

7 Child Neglect Byron Egeland Egeland, Byron 103

8 Psychological Maltreatment Nelson J. Binggeli Binggeli, Nelson J. 125

9 Neglect of Children's Health Care Howard Dubowitz Dubowitz, Howard 145

10 Child Maltreatment in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence Kathryn H. Howell Howell, Kathryn H. 167

PART III Physical Abuse 181

11 Medical Evaluation of Physical Abuse Robert M. Reece Reece, Robert M. 183

12 Child Physical Abuse: Interventions for Parents Who Engage in Coercive Parenting Practices and Their Children Anthony J. Urquiza Urquiza, Anthony J. 195

PART IV Child Sexual Abuse 213

13 Child Sexual Abuse: Definitions, Prevalence, and Consequences Lucy Berliner Berliner, Lucy 215

14 Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse: Implications for Interviewing Elizabeth C. Ahern Ahern, Elizabeth C. 233

15 Medical Issues in Child Sexual Abuse Martin A. Finkel Finkel, Martin A. 253

16 Mental Health Treatment for the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse Melissa K. Runyon Runyon, Melissa K. 267

17 Treatment of Adolescent and Adult Sex Offenders Judith V. Becker Becker, Judith V. 289

18 Preventing Sexual Abuse: Community Protection Policies and Practice Jill S. Levenson Levenson, Jill S. 307

PART V Investigation and Substantiation of Neglect and Abuse 323

19 Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation Donna M. Pence Pence, Donna M. 325

20 Interviewing Children Gail S. Goodman Goodman, Gail S. 337

21 Legal Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect Practice John E. B. Myers Myers, John E. B. 361

22 Proving Child Maltreatment in Court John E. B. Myers Myers, John E. B. 377

Author Index 399

Subject Index 419

About the Editor 441

About the Contributors 443

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