Expanding Our Concept of Helping
Edited by Michael Rothery, Gary Cameron
Routledge – 1990 – 344 pages
Recognizing child maltreatment as a complex phenomenon requiring multifaceted responses, this volume provides a current and comprehensive assessment of the problem, and argues for an expanded conception of helping on the part of those who work with maltreated children, their families, and their communities. Contributions follow a general outline that addresses current theory and models of practice, and empirical knowledge regarding the problem, intervention, and outcomes.
Presenting and up-to- date and encompassing view of how to combat child abuse and neglect, this book discusses the concerns of service providers as well as academics. All the prevalent ways of responding to child maltreatment are addressed, and each is discussed in terms of theory, implementation and evidence for its effectiveness.
For use as an undergraduate or graduate level text for courses in child welfare, sociology, family studies, and community psychology. This text would also be insightful for professionals, academics, and policymakers concerned with child welfare.
"…brings together practitioners and academics in a discussion of innovative helping strategies for assisting families….comprehensive, well organized and well referenced…it provides a powerful antidote to the increasing demoralization and cynicism with which both service providers and taxpayers have come to regard social-welfare programs."
"Rothery and Cameron's work presented the broad landscape of the field in the more academic and professional book tradition….these books can help one to begin to understand the complexity and diversity of systemic intervention for child abuse and to be convinced of its power."
Contents: M. Rothery, Child Maltreatment and the Front Line Worker. Part A: Child Maltreatment. M. Rothery, Family Therapy With Multiproblem Families. B. Blythe, V. Hodges, N. Guterman, Interventions for Maltreated Adolescents. D. Fuchs, Programs for Preventing Placement of Adolescents. L. Epstein, Helping the Young, Single Mother. S. Wilson, J. St. Pierre, Interventions in Child Abuse and Neglect: Parent-Child Models. K. Brophy, The Role of Preschool Programs in Meeting the Needs of Abused or Neglected Children. B. Bidgood, A. van de Sande, Home-Based Programming for a Child Welfare Clientele. R. Thomlison, Uses of Skill Development and Behavior Modification Techniques in Working With Abusing/Neglecting Parents. G. Cameron, Child Maltreatment: Challenges in Expanding Our Concept of Helping. J. Garbarino, Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect. Part B: Child Sexual Abuse. C. Bagley, L. Young, Depression, Self-Esteem, and Suicidal Behavior as Sequels of Sexual Abuse in Childhood: Research and Therapy. P. Smith, Current Treatment Responses to the Sexually Abusive Adult. H. Collins, D. Collins, Family Therapy in the Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse. D. Kays, Coordination of Child Sexual Abuse Programs. L. Tutty, Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Review of Current Research and Theory. G. Cameron, The Potential of Informal Social Support Strategies in Child Welfare.