Child Abuse and Neglect
Psychology Press – 2009 – 312 pages
Child abuse and neglect are examined in this new book - the latest research, what it entails, and how to recognize and report it. Federal law mandates the reporting of suspected child maltreatment by many professionals. This book will appeal to those who one day find themselves in the role of a mandated reporter.
Engaging learning tools are sprinkled throughout:
The book opens with the background on child maltreatment including its history, an overview of the research, and the risk factors. Details about mandated reporting are also explored. Different forms of maltreatment - physical abuse, neglect, psychological maltreatment, sexual abuse, fetal abuse, and Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome - are then examined. Incidence estimates and consequences for each type of maltreatment are provided. Legal issues including forensic interviewing are then reviewed. The book concludes with an example of what happens to a child after a report is filed along with suggestions for preventing child maltreatment.
Intended as a text for courses in Child Abuse and Neglect taught in departments of psychology, human development, education, social work, and medicine, this book will also be an invaluable resource to workers who are mandated reporters of child maltreatment and/or anyone interested in the problem.
"Monica McCoy and Stefanie Keen have written a comprehensive text that introduces an undergraduate to the complexities, contradictions, and many faces of childhood abuse and neglect. … The greatest strengths of the book are its resources, particularly the case examples, internet sites, and discussion questions." – Gerald F. McKeegan, American Health and Wellness Institute, Virginia, in the Journal of Child and Family Studies
"Child Abuse and Neglect is clearly going to be an outstanding resource for university-level courses and can be prescribed with confidence as a required text." – Prof. Ian M. Evans, Massey University, New Zealand, in PsycCRITIQUES
"The author writes as if she was having a conversation with the reader… the legal cases bring to life some of the controversial issues… [it] paints a clear picture of the child protection system and what actually transpires when an incident is reported and the roles and functions of the caseworkers." - Alice Yick Flanagan, Capella University
"In this highly readable and engaging book, McCoy and Keen have provided something quite valuable to students. Spanning chapters from the history of child maltreatment to modern diagnostic pitfalls, Child Abuse and Neglect will enhance any course dealing with this topic, from social work, to child development." - Stephen J. Ceci, Helen L. Carr Professor of Developmental Psychology, Cornell University
"Finally, a research based text about child maltreatment that is a good read. My students will love it." - Narina Nunez, University of Wyoming
Part 1. Introduction/ Purpose. 1. Introduction. 2. Risk Factors for Maltreatment. 3. Mandated Reporting. Part 2. Types of Abuse. 4. Physical Abuse. 5. Neglect. 6. Psychological Maltreatment. 7. Sexual Abuse. 8. Fetal Abuse. 9. Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. Part 3. Legal Issues. 10. Forensic Interviewing of Child Victims. 11. The Legal System and Child Maltreatment. 12. The Maltreated Child and CPS Response: What Happens After a Report is Made? 13.Preventing Child Maltreatment.
Monica L. McCoy is an associate professor of psychology at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental/Developmental Psychology, with a minor in Statistics, from the University of Wyoming. Dr. McCoy's research focuses on determining what factors impact juror decisions in child maltreatment cases and she currently teaches a course on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Stefanie M. Keen is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University. Dr Keen is currently engaged in a research program related to the psychological effects of traumatic stress including child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and military-related trauma and she currently teaches an undergraduate course on Child Abuse and Neglect.