Theories Of Child Abuse And Neglect: Differential Perspectives, Summaries, And Evaluations

Hardcover | May 1, 1991

byOliver C. S. Tzeng, Jay W. Jackson

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This volume was prepared under the impetus of desperate need in academic institutions and clinical and social services for a comprehensive introduction to the diverse theories about child abuse and neglect etiologies. Although history documents maltreatment of children since the beginning of human civilization, formal recognition of the problem has been relatively recent. During the past three decades, professionals in various fields, especially medicine, psychiatry, social work, law, sociology, and psychology, have been involved in the identification, treatment, and prevention of child victimization and its detrimental consequences. In studying the etiology of child maltreatment, many theoretical viewpoints have been proposed in the literature and used for clinical practice as well as academic research. The current work represents a comprehensive evaluation and integration of diverse theorizations concerning the abuse and neglect of children. The authors have compiled more than 40 theories, models, and perspectives from the literature. As the subtitle suggests, they describe individual theories, summarize across different theoretical views, and evaluate the current status of those theorizations. This volume is intended for three distinct audiences: practitioners, researchers, and the general public. Clinical practitioners will find it a source of strategies that can be applied in clinical settings. By documenting the absence of comprehensive, multidiscipinary-oriented theory development, it will encourage researchers toward refining existing theories through integration with other theoretical perspectives. For the general public, it provides insight into a troubling social problem.

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This volume was prepared under the impetus of desperate need in academic institutions and clinical and social services for a comprehensive introduction to the diverse theories about child abuse and neglect etiologies. Although history documents maltreatment of children since the beginning of human civilization, formal recognition of th...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.06 × 6.22 × 1.18 inPublished:May 1, 1991Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275938328

ISBN - 13:9780275938321

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?Child abuse and neglect are among the most troubling and complex social problems. Causation theories are multiple and diverse; empirical data on solutions are confusing, inconclusive, and sometimes conflicting. In this encyclopedic work, Tzeng (Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis) and his colleagues review 46 theories and examine empirical evidence related to five major types of child maltreatment: physical abuse, sexual abuse, incestuous abuse, psychological abuse, and neglect. They then propose a comprehensive and integrated theoretical model, called the "psychosemantic process model," around which the existing theories and empirical data on types of maltreatment are organized. As the authors note, child maltreatment is a multilevel problem requiring multilevel solutions. By organizing and systematizing information on this problem, their book makes a significant contribution to understanding and dealing with it. An important work for policymakers, practioners, and researchers and scholars in disciplines related to child welfare.?-Choice