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Child Abuse Sourcebook, 5th Ed.

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According to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), over 700,000 children are abused in the United States annually. Child maltreatment can create visible welts, bruises, and broken bones, or it can be invisible, producing deep emotional scars and life-long mental health challenges. Children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect can experience alterations in brain chemistry, difficulty with social interaction, physical injuries, and even death.

Child Abuse Sourcebook, Fifth Edition provides updated information about child neglect and the physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children, including facts about severe punishment, abusive head trauma, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, rape, incest, exploitation, medical neglect, educational neglect, bullying, and aggression through technology. The book explains the differences between situations that require legal intervention and those considered to be parental choices, even when controversial. Facts about child protective services and interventions by the court system are also included. Parenting issues that may relate to child abuse risks, including domestic violence, postpartum depression, military service, substance abuse, and disciplinary strategies, are addressed, and information for adult survivors of child abuse is provided. The volume concludes with a glossary, a state-by-state list of contact information for reporting suspected child maltreatment, and a directory of resources for finding additional help and information.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part I: Child Maltreatment explains the types of intentional actions that U.S. state laws typically recognize as forms of abuse. These include physical abuse, sexual abuse and exploitation, emotional abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Related issues, including bullying and exposure to violence, are also explored. The part concludes with a discussion regarding the physical, psychological, behavioral, and societal consequences of child maltreatment.

Part II: Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children concerns itself with modes of maltreatment that result from physical actions, including family violence, harsh corporal punishment, abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome), and Munchausen syndrome by proxy. It also reports on the physical and behavioral indicators of sexual abuse and provides facts about incest and abuse in dating relationships, and it discusses statutory rape laws.

Part III: Child Neglect and Emotional Abuse provides information about forms of abuse that are generally less visible than physical abuse. These can result from the failure of a parent or guardian to take appropriate action on a child’s behalf—such as refusing to seek medical care or education—or from other behaviors that negatively impact a child’s mental development or psychological well-being.

Part IV: Adult Survivors of Child Abuse explains the long-term consequences of experiencing maltreatment during childhood, and it discusses the outcomes that may emerge in adulthood. Mental health issues related to the vestiges of child abuse are also addressed, and the link between child abuse and adult suicide risk is explored.

Part V: Child Abuse Preventions, Interventions, and Treatments reports on various strategies, laws, and regulations intended to reduce the incidence of child abuse. It explains how child protective services can intervene in suspected abuse cases, and it describes therapy options for children and adults who have been impacted by abuse.

Part VI: Parenting Issues and Child Abuse Risks describes some of the most common family challenges that place children in dangerous situations, including domestic violence, mental health issues, parental substance abuse, and inappropriate forms of discipline. It provides tips for improving parenting skills and also offers suggestions for foster and adoptive parents.

Part VII: Additional Help and Information includes a glossary of terms related to child abuse and child protective services, a state-by-state list of contact information for reporting suspected child maltreatment, and a directory of organizations involved in efforts to end child abuse and heal its effects.


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