1st Edition

Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments An Evaluation Guide

By Sue Righthand, Bruce B Kerr, Kerry Drach Copyright 2003
    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    Conduct targeted and focused evaluations of child abuse and neglect!

    Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments: An Evaluation Guide is a professional practice manual designed to assist clinicians in conducting forensic risk assessment in child maltreatment cases. The authors—each with an extensive background in forensic child abuse evaluation—present up-to-date research findings and provide practical, fact-based information on key issues. The book is an essential reference source on procedural issues, treatment options, and risk management strategies necessary to make high-quality, ethical evaluations.

    Child maltreatment risk assessments are complex, specialized evaluations with the potential for permanent legal termination of all parent-child contact on one hand, and the possibility of injury and even death on the other. Because of the weighty nature of these issues, the legal standards imposed on individual states to justify intervention is great, and evaluators must be well versed in the most current material available. Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments provides up-to-date information on the effects of maltreatment, empirically based risk factors for child abuse and neglect, specialized assessment techniques and interventions,and professional practice issues. The book emphasizes the importance of individual and cultural differences.

    Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments also includes a step-by-step guide to conducting and writing quality evaluations, including:

    • components of an evaluation report
    • forensic versus clinical evaluations
    • methods of assessment
    • assessment domains
    • and much more!
    Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments: An Evaluation Guide is an invaluable tool for clinicians, lawyers and judges, human service agency personnel, and others involved in child maltreatment cases as well as students who represent the next generation of clinicians working in child abuse prevention and treatment.

    • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1. Child Maltreatment: What Is It?
    • Definitions of Abuse
    • Chapter 2. The Impact of Child Maltreatment
    • The Impact of Child Maltreatment on Attachment Security
    • The Impact of Physical Abuse
    • The Impact of Sexual Abuse
    • The Impact of Psychological Maltreatment
    • The Impact of Exposure to Family Violence
    • The Impact of Neglect
    • The Impact of Multiple Forms of Child Maltreatment
    • Comparative Studies of the Impact of Abuse and Neglect
    • The Impact of Marginal Maltreatment
    • The Impact of Mediating Factors
    • Chapter 3. Risk Assessment
    • Problems and Strategies for Assessing Violence
    • Historical or Developmental Factors
    • Personal or Dispositional Factors
    • Clinical or Symptom Factors
    • Current Situation and Contextual Factors
    • Final Remarks
    • Chapter 4. Formulating Risk Management Strategies
    • Introduction
    • Treatment Outcome Literature: A Brief Review
    • Parenting Training Interventions
    • Comprehensive and Ecobehavioral Programs
    • Child-Centered Services and Treatment Interventions
    • Facilitating Parent-Child Relationships
    • Individual Therapy and Long-Term Therapy with Parents
    • Abuse-Focused Interventions
    • Parents with Mental Retardation
    • Substance Abuse
    • Mental Health Interventions
    • Relapse Prevention
    • Facilitating Motivation for Positive Change
    • Final Remarks
    • Chapter 5. Putting It All Together
    • Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments: A Specialized Evaluation Area
    • Forensic versus Clinical Evaluations
    • Components of the Evaluation Report
    • Conducting and Writing Quality Evaluations
    • Professional Issues
    • References
    • Index


    Righthand, Sue; Kerr, Bruce B; Drach, Kerry