3rd Edition

Child Abuse and Neglect

By Monica L. McCoy, Stefanie M. Keen Copyright 2022
    410 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    410 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Child Abuse and Neglect examines the latest research on this important topic, discussing what it entails, how to recognize it, and how to report it. The book begins with an overview of child maltreatment including its history, a summary of the research, and the risk factors, before exploring issues of mandated reporting. It then considers different forms of maltreatment – physical abuse, neglect, psychological maltreatment, sexual abuse, fetal abuse, and Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. The authors discuss incidence estimates and consequences, as well as resiliency, for each type of maltreatment, and then review legal issues including forensic interviewing. The book concludes by providing an overview of what happens to a child after a report is filed along with suggestions for preventing child maltreatment.

    This edition has been thoroughly updated throughout to cover the latest theory and research. Referencing the DSM-V, the book also features updated coverage of state and federal laws to reflect new legislation, and additional case studies covering real-world events such as the sexual abuse scandals within USA Gymnastics, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Written with students in mind, the book features a wealth of engaging learning tools throughout, including: Theory Highlight boxes, Focus on Research boxes, Case Examples, Legal Examples, Focus on Law boxes, Discussion Questions, and Key Terms. It will be essential reading for all students taking courses on child abuse, child maltreatment, family violence, or sexual and intimate violence taught in psychology, human development, education, criminal justice, social work, sociology, women’s studies, and nursing. This book will also be an invaluable resource to workers who are mandated reporters of child maltreatment and/or anyone interested in the problem. This book is based on the legal system and the Child Protection System in the United States of America.

    It is accompanied by a set of online instructor resources.

    Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors Part I: Introduction/Purpose 1 Introduction 2 Risk Factors for Child Maltreatment 3 Mandated Reporting Part II: Types of Abuse and Their Effects 4 Physical Abuse 5 Child Neglect 6 Psychological Maltreatment 7 Sexual Abuse 8 Fetal Abuse 9 Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome 10 Resilience Part III: Legal Issues 11 Forensic Interviewing of Child Victims 12 The Legal System and Child Maltreatment Part IV: What Happens Next 13 The Maltreated Child and Child Protective Services’ Response 14 Preventing Child Maltreatment Abbreviations Glossary References Index


    Dr. Monica L. McCoy is a Professor of Psychology at Converse University in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

    Dr. Stefanie M. Keen is a Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina.