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The Battered Child

Fifth Edition

5th edition, revised and expanded
First published in 1968, The Battered Child quickly became a landmark work. Our awareness of child abuse today is due in no small part to the remarkable impact of its first and subsequent editions.

The new edition of this classic text continues the legacy. While updating and significantly adding to previous editions, the fifth edition retains the multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach that initially set the work apart. This new edition contains chapters from professionals in such diverse fields as pediatrics, psychiatry, legal studies, and social work that reflect the past decade’s extraordinary advances in research and techniques. Twenty of the book’s 30 chapters are entirely new, while the remaining material has been extensively revised.

Part I provides a historical overview of child abuse and neglect as well as background material on the cultural, psychiatric, social, economic, and legal contexts of child maltreatment. Part II discusses the processes of assessing cases of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect from the unique perspectives of all the professionals involved, including teachers, pediatricians, and social workers. Part III describes intervention and treatment, focusing on legal issues, investigative procedures, and therapeutic processes, while Part IV addresses prevention and policy issues.

Previous editions of The Battered Child have earned the labels of "a classic" and a "Bible." With its up-to-date information, unequaled scope, and contributions from experts on every aspect of child abuse, the fifth edition of this cornerstone text is even more essential to the field than its predecessors.

"Comprehensive and up-to-date."—David Cottrell, British Journal of Psychiatry

"A valuable contribution to the field of abuse and neglect"—Prasanna Nair, Journal of the American Medical Association

694 pages | 106 halftones, 6 line drawings, 13 tables | 6-5/8 x 9-3/8 | © 1968, 1974, 1980, 1987, 1997


Psychology: Developmental Psychology

Social Work

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fifth Edition
Preface to the Fifth Edition
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Part 1 Context
Editors’ Comments
1 Children in a World of Violence: The Roots of Child Maltreatment
Robert W. Ten Bensel, Marguerite M. Rheinberger, and Samuel X. Radbill
2 Culture and Child Maltreatment
Jill E. Korbin
3 The Role of Economic Deprivation in the Social Context of Child Maltreatment
James Garbarino
4 The Legal Context of Child Abuse and Neglect: Balancing the Rights of Children and Parents in a Democratic Society
Donald C. Bross
5 Psychodynamic and Biological Factors in Child Maltreatment
Brandt F. Steele
Part 2 Assessment
Editors’ Comments
6 Communication in the Therapeutic Relationship: Concepts, Strategies, and Skills
Mary Edna Helfer
7 The Assessment of Child Abuse: A Primary Function of Child Protective Services
Michael W. Weber
8 Family Assessment
Elizabeth A. W. Seagull
9 Evaluation of Physical Abuse
Kenneth Wayne Feldman
10 Imaging in Child Abuse
Wilbur L. Smith
11 The Pathology of Child Abuse
Robert H. Kirschner
12 Assessment of Suspected Child Sexual Abuse
David P. H. Jones
13 Medical Evaluation of the Sexually Abused Child
Susan K. Reichert
14 The Sexual Abuser
Gail Ryan
15 The Neglect of Child Neglect
Hendrika B. Cantwell
16 Growth Failure in Infants
R. Kim Oates and Ruth S. Kempe
17 Psychological Maltreatment
Marla R. Brassard and David B. Hardy
18 Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: Currency in Counterfeit Illness
Donna Andrea Rosenberg
19 Unusual Forms of Child Abuse
Donna Andrea Rosenberg
Part 3 Intervention and Treatment
Editors’ Comments
20 The Role of Law Enforcement in the Investigation of Child Abuse and Neglect
Jack R. Shepherd
21 Lawyers’ Roles in Child Protection
Donald N. Duquette
22 The Courts and Child Maltreatment
Howard A. Davidson
23 Alternative Forms of Intervention
Catherine Marneffe
24 Treatment of the Child and the Family Where Child Abuse or Neglect Has Occurred
David P. H. Jones
25 A Developmental Approach to the Treatment of Abused Children
Ruth S. Kempe
26 Further Reflections on the Therapy of Those Who Maltreat Children
Brandt F. Steele
Part 4 Prevention
Editors’ Comments
27 An Overview of Prevention of Physical Abuse and Neglect
Anne Cohn Donnelly
28 A Clinical and Developmental Approach to Prevention
Ray E. Helfer and Richard D. Krugman
29 Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
David Finkelhor and Deborah Daro
30 Child Protection Policy
Richard D. Krugman

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