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Damaged Parents

An Anatomy of Child Neglect

"Most of us are unaware of child neglect even when we are witnessing it. . . . Neglect is a matter of things undone, of inaction compounded by indifference. Since it goes on at home, it is a very private sin. . . . It is little wonder that most of the public is unaware of poor child caring. Its ignorance is even greater as to how widespread the problem is. But this is not a blissful ignorance. The public may not want to attend to child neglect, but it lives with the distortions of human personality that are left in its wake."—from chapter 1 of Damaged Parents

"Norman Polansky and his colleagues have produced a truly remarkable book. . . . One of the consequences of [the] relative invisibility of child neglect is that we also know less about it. But this book will help to correct that for it contains reports of findings from two systematic efforts to define, measure, classify, and understand child neglect."—Thomas M. Young, Social Service Review

279 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1981

Psychology: Counseling and Guidance

Social Work

Table of Contents

1. Is This Child Worth Salvaging?
2. How Much Is Enough?
3. What about the Parents?
4. The Apathy-futility Syndrome and Infantilism
5. The Design of the Philadelphia Study
6. Assessing the Quality of Child Care
7. Isolation from Helping Networks
8. Character Problems of the Parents
9. Sequelae in Neglected Children
10. Observations of Marital Patterns
11. The Stunting of Parenting Instincts
12. A Rationale for Intervention
13. Toward Intentional Change
14. Treating Loneliness
15. Parental Prostheses
16. Where Do We Go from Here?
Appendix 1: Childhood Level of Living Scale
Appendix 2: Maternal Characteristics Scale
Subject Index
Index of Names

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