Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect / Edition 8

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Every ten seconds a child is being abused or neglected. But while child abuse and neglect are not new, the problem has become monumental in today's society. But why? Perhaps we live in a more violent society, or maybe the child protection system is not working. This book explores the issues surrounding abuse and neglect from several vantage points, addressing both the problems and the possible solutions that are crucial to the proper protection of our children This book provides a comprehensive overview of child abuse and neglect. It covers recognition, case management, and treatment for abused and neglected children, adding real-life vignettes to bring the statistics to life. It details the history of child welfare, an overview of families that are both functional and dysfunctional, and contrasts healthy child development with development hampered by abuse and neglect. Every type of maltreatment is discussed, from neglect and physical abuse to emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. The book concludes by providing a discussion of prevention, along with a consideration of the future. Social workers, psychologists, social services professionals, and educators.

Incl. family roles/responsibilities/rights; extra- familial sexual abuse; foster care as a therapeutic tool.

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Editorial Reviews

Explores many aspects of child abuse and neglect including the history, different types of abuse, intervention, treatment, therapeutic options, and prevention. Last updated in 1999, the new edition reflects recent research on neglect, as well as child sexual abuse aided by the Internet. Suitable for undergraduate or graduate courses in social work, psychology, sociology, and counseling and education programs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205769155
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/4/2009
  • Series: Pearson Custom Social Work Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 356,506
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Cynthia Crosson-Tower is a national expert on child abuse and neglect and the author of numerous books and publications including Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect, Exploring Child Welfare: A Practice Perspective, When Children Are Abused: An Educator’s Guide to Intervention, A Clergy Guide to Child Abuse and Neglect and How Schools Can Combat Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Crosson-Tower taught in the Behavioral Sciences Department at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts for 24 years, also founding and serving as the Director of the Child Protection Institute there. She maintains a private practice, Harvest Counseling and Consultation, specializing in the treatment of survivors of abuse and perpetrators of sexual abuse. Dr. Crosson-Tower served on the subcommittee to develop protocol for the Cardinal’s Commission of the Archdiocese of Boston and became a part of the Implementation and Oversight Committee of the Archdiocese’s Office of Child Advocacy.
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Table of Contents

1 The maltreatment of children from a historical perspective 1
2 The family : roles, responsibilities, and rights 24
3 Maltreatment and the developing child 47
4 The neglect of children 67
5 The physical abuse of children 96
6 The sexual abuse of children 121
7 Incest : familial abuse 151
8 Extrafamilial sexual abuse, misuse, and exploitation 180
9 Psychological maltreatment of children 212
10 Intervention : reporting and investigation 223
11 Intervention : case management and roles of other professionals 250
12 The legal response to child abuse and neglect 268
13 Treatment : physical abuse and neglect 289
14 Treatment : sexual abuse 316
15 Foster care as a therapeutic tool 342
16 The social worker and the system 352
17 Adults abused as children 369
18 Prevention 401
19 Toward a better tomorrow 417
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