Understanding Child Maltreatment: An Ecological and Developmental Perspective

Hardcover | January 26, 2005

byMaria Scannapieco, Kelli Connell-Carrick

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Child maltreatment professionals from all disciplines struggle to find better ways of understanding and treating the families and children affected by maltreatment. Since the mid-1960s, the "battered child syndrome," and recent high-profile abuse cases, a plethora of research and literatureon child maltreatment has emerged, yet this is the first volume to offer a comprehensive integrated analysis for understanding, assessing, and treating child maltreatment within the ecological framework in a developmental context. This framework systematically organizes and integrates the complexempirical literature in child maltreatment and development, including the often-overlooked period of adolescence. Viewing child maltreatment from an ecological perspective, this volume identifies the risk and protective factors correlated with abuse and neglect. The authors present a comprehensive assessment framework, addressing the multiple developmental and environmental factors unique to each case. Thisframework fully considers risk and protective factors and their relationship to individuals, families, and environmental elements, presenting a much-needed perspective for today's child protective services workers. Understanding Child Maltreatment is the first of its kind. While most books broadlyaddress the developmental consequences of maltreatment, this volume goes further by proposing assessment and intervention strategies based on a deep understanding of each stage of a child's development. Interventions center on the caregiver and the family, with particular attention to parentingskills and the challenges the child may experience within his or her developmental stage. Each chapter emphasizes empirically based interventions and includes a case illustration that guides readers in applying these concepts to their own practice. Providing a comprehensive, nuanced perspective onmaltreatment, this book will be invaluable to students, researchers, and professionals.

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Child maltreatment professionals from all disciplines struggle to find better ways of understanding and treating the families and children affected by maltreatment. Since the mid-1960s, the "battered child syndrome," and recent high-profile abuse cases, a plethora of research and literatureon child maltreatment has emerged, yet this i...

Maria Scannapieco is at University of Texas-Arlington. Kelli Connell-Carrick is at University of Houston.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:January 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195156781

ISBN - 13:9780195156782

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Table of Contents

Contents1. History and Definition of Child Maltreatment2. Theoretical Overview of Understanding Child Maltreatment3. Infancy and Toddlerhood: Child Development and Maltreatment4. Infancy and Toddlerhood: Ecological and Developmental Assessment of Maltreatment and Intervention5. Early Childhood: Child Development and Maltreatment6. Early Childhood: Ecological and Developmental Assessment of Maltreatment and Intervention7. Middle Childhood: Child Development and Maltreatment8. Middle Childhood: Ecological and Developmental Assesment of Maltreatment and Intervention9. Adolescence: Child Development and Maltreatment10. Adolescence: Ecological and Developmental Assessment of Maltreatment and Intervention

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"Understanding Child Maltreatment, by Maria Scannapieco and Kelli Connell-Carrick, is a valuable resource for a diverse array of professionals interested in learning about the history, etiology, and treatment of child maltreatment.It provides a detailed overview of the history of childmaltreatment that will appeal to academics as well as specific information needed by those in the field providing services to these families. The authors provide a fascinating perspective on utilizing an ecological framework to determine how services should be delivered to families affected byabuse."--Child Maltreatment