Understanding Abusive Families: An Ecological Approach to Theory and Practice / Edition 1

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A definitive guide to the dynamics of child abuseWritten by two of the country's most renowned authorities on the problems of youth, this classic book provides a thorough understanding of child abuse by tracing its development from infancy through childhood to adolescence. Going to the very heart of the problem, the authors also present a prescription to remedy the vicious cycle of abuse, warning that we must bring about fundamental changes in the basic cultural, social, and economic attitudes that allow children to be physically and psychologically harmed.

Covers patterns of incidence & prevalence, psychological & sexual maltreatment, child abuse in foster care families.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A well-written, carefully edited book that offers a new way of conceptualizing child abuse. It is a book well suited for college courses, training programs, and practicing clinicians and should be required reading for politicians and policy makers." (Psychiatric Services)

"In an accessible style that incorporates clinical vignettes to illustrate concepts, these authors have made an important and lasting contribution to our understanding of child abuse. Understanding Abusive Families will be an important addition to the libraries of all who are interested in understanding child maltreatment and in protecting the most vulnerable members of society-our children." (Dante Cicchetti, Ph.D., University of Rochester, Mt. Hope Family Center)

"Understanding Abusive Families presents a useful overview of the child abuse problem and a cogent plea to stop doing business as usual. If we heeded this plea as a nation, we could begin to help children get beyond the scars of abuse." (Anne Cohn Donnelly, executive director, National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse)

"A comprehensive, well-documented, and clarifying study of an important issue. Offers thoughtful recommAndations for both prevention and intervention. Anyone interested in vulnerable children and adolescents will find something of use in this volume." (Donald Cohen, director, Yale University Child Study Center, and Jean Adnopoz, associate clinical professor, Yale University Child Study Center)

"An invaluable resource. Provides an important view of families within a broader context—within the real world in which they live. This comprehensive perspective can help improve our ability to protect children, support families, and prevent child maltreatment." (Deanne Tilton Durfee, executive director, Los Angeles County Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787910051
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/10/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 273
  • Sales rank: 1,372,529
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES GARBARINO is director of the Family Life Development Center and professor of human development at Cornell University. He is the author of Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment (1995) from Jossey-Bass.

JOHN ECKENRODE is associate director of the Family Life Development Center and professor of human development at Cornell University.

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Table of Contents

Part One: An Introduction to Basic Concepts .

1. The Meaning of Maltreatment (James Garbarino, John Eckenrode).

2. The Scope and History of Child Abuse and Neglect (Frank Barry, Patrick Collins).

3. The Community Context of Child Abuse and Neglect (James Garbarino, Frank Barry).

4. Disturbances in Relationships: Parenting, Family Development, and Child Maltreatment (Kerry Bolger, Marney Thomas, John Eckenrode).

Part Two: Special Issues.

5. The Elusive Crime of Psychological Maltreatment (James Garbarino, John Eckenrode, Kerry Bolger).

6. Family Sexual Abuse (Marney Thomas, John Eckenrode, James Garbarino).

7. Child Maltreatment in Loco Parentis (Michael Nunno, Martha Holden, Brian Leidy).

Part Three: Adolescent Maltreatment.

8. The Maltreatment of Youth (James Garbarino, John Eckenrode, Jane Levine Powers).

9. Youth in Trouble Are Youth Who Have Been Hurt (John Eckenrode, Jane Levine Powers, James Garbarino).

10. In Conclusion: Family Life Development and Child Protection (James Garbarino, John Eckenrode).

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