Working with Child Abuse and Neglect: A Primer / Edition 1

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Overview

How do you intervene in abusive and neglectful families, or prevent maltreatment in families at risk? How can you find the answers you need in the overwhelming array of information now available? This volume helps readers focus by evaluating a wealth of references to current published literature and pinpointing the practical applications that put these findings into action.

Condensing the explosion of information about child maltreatment into one provoking yet accessible primer, the author first offers an historical perspective on child maltreatment and an assessment of the scope of the problem. He then discusses theoretical perspectives for understanding the problem and specific treatment and prevention techniques. Informa

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Stephanie Fariss, JD, LCSW (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book presents a historical perspective on child maltreatment, discusses its scope, theoretical perspectives for understanding the problem, and ways in which child abuse and neglect can be treated. Each chapter includes a discussion of an aspect of child maltreatment (e.g., "The Path of Intervention"); provides case examples, charts, tables, and diagrams for illustration (e.g., "National Estimates of Child Abuse and Neglect Reports, 1976-1994"); and closes with a summary and an annotated bibliography for further reading.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the reader with a starting point to acquiring knowledge about child maltreatment. The author's objective is worthy and important to clinicians and the lay public alike. It provides just about anyone, clinicians-in-training included, with an overview of this subject on a variety of levels — clinical, societal, historical, political, etc.
Audience: The book appears most appropriate for anyone needing a comprehensive if quick overview of the area of child maltreatment. Doctoral students will find the annotated bibliography helpful in locating more in-depth reading. The author is knowledgeable in this area as a cited author on the subject of family violence.
Features: Chapters are well-organized and include multiple headings for easy reading. Tables, diagrams, and charts supplement the text. An extensive reference list, appendixes, and an index are provided.
Assessment: This book, aptly entitled "a primer," serves as a starting point for just about anyone interested in learning about child maltreatment. It accomplishes what is most difficult to do — provide a thorough overview of a controversial area of treatment in a clear and organized way, and points the reader to additional material as needed.
Stephanie Fariss
This book presents a historical perspective on child maltreatment, discusses its scope, theoretical perspectives for understanding the problem, and ways in which child abuse and neglect can be treated. Each chapter includes a discussion of an aspect of child maltreatment (e.g., The Path of Intervention); provides case examples, charts, tables, and diagrams for illustration (e.g., National Estimates of Child Abuse and Neglect Reports, 1976-1994); and closes with a summary and an annotated bibliography for further reading. The purpose is to provide the reader with a starting point to acquiring knowledge about child maltreatment. The author's objective is worthy and important to clinicians and the lay public alike. It provides just about anyone, clinicians-in-training included, with an overview of this subject on a variety of levels -- clinical, societal, historical, political, etc. The book appears most appropriate for anyone needing a comprehensive if quick overview of the area of child maltreatment. Doctoral students will find the annotated bibliography helpful in locating more in-depth reading. The author is knowledgeable in this area as a cited author on the subject of family violence. Chapters are well-organized and include multiple headings for easy reading. Tables, diagrams, and charts supplement the text. An extensive reference list, appendixes, and an index are provided. This book, aptly entitled a primer, serves as a starting point for just about anyone interested in learning about child maltreatment. It accomplishes what is most difficult to do -- provide a thorough overview of a controversial area of treatment in a clear and organized way, and points the reader to additionalmaterial as needed.
Booknews
For graduates and advanced undergraduates in social work or other helping professions, explains how to apply the concepts and techniques learned in the core courses to child abuse and neglect. Also useful for established practitioners new to the area, and for non-professionals such as volunteers who would like a basic foundation in the subject. Also discusses the history of the field and relevant policy issues. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761903499
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/24/1996
  • Series: Interpersonal Violence: The Practice Series , #15
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

The Problem
The Scope of Child Maltreatment
Historical Perspective
Factors Associated with Child Maltreatment
The Path of Intervention
Interviewing Skills
Child Abuse and Neglect Treatment
Child Maltreatment Prevention
Treatment Evaluation

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