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Maltreatment in Early Childhood
Tools for Research-Based Intervention

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ISBN 9780789008190
Published April 10, 2000 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Detect and put a stop to child abuse!

For mental health professionals, social workers, legal professionals, and policy makers, Maltreatment in Early Childhood: Tools for Research-Based Intervention examines strategies and ideas for professional training in child protection in the United States. Derived from presentations at the San Diego Conference Responding to Child Maltreatment, this book addresses current assessment issues, the intersection of child maltreatment and other social problems, the history of child protection, and the intricacies of courtroom testimonies, and provides guidance for case management. Through insight into research and case studies, Maltreatment in Early Childhood explores effective approaches to child-friendly services, multivictim cases, therapy, and victim recantation to help you assist sexually abused children or children who have witnessed domestic abuse.

Addressing a variety of challenges that face all those involved with youth in need of assistance due to abuse, this informative book examines why children of different racial identities may display different secret-keeping behavior, and presents a variety of approaches that encourage clients to talk about their situation.

Maltreatment in Early Childhood explores child abuse from a historical and political context, and discusses key issues relating to all facets of this social problem, including:

  • understanding the pros and cons of asking children to recall their experiences through specific types of questions, such as invitational questions and less preferred questions, which may or may not reveal true answers
  • deciding if the Validity Checklist, the second part of the Analysis procedure, is able to determine truthfulness of allegations in child sexual abuse cases
  • testing the efficacy of the model designed at the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC), which may be used to validate abuse and determine if children's statements are accurate
  • overcoming difficulties in the child protection system, including the probability of multiple interviews and potential contamination of children's narratives by a variety of sources, to produce fair evaluations and successful prosecutions

    With tables and charts that will help you easily explore research findings, Maltreatment in Early Childhood provides you with the information you need in order to determine the truth of children's statements, how to present statements in court, and how to affect changes that will protect and assist victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Table of Contents


  • About the Contributors
  • Introduction
  • Child Maltreatment and Protection in the United States
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Secret-Keeping Behaviors in Black and White Children as a Function of Interviewer Race, Racial Identity, and Risk for Abuse
  • Questioning Children Who May Have Been Sexually Abused: An Integration of Research into Practice
  • Statement Validity Analysis: Its Application to a Sample of Dutch Children Who May Have Been Sexually Abused
  • Forensic Issues
  • Addressing Challenges and Controversies in Child Sexual Abuse Interviewing: The Forensic Evaluation Protocol and Research Project
  • Victim Recantation in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: A Team Approach to Prevention, Investigation, and Trial
  • Overcoming Obstacles to Just Evaluation and Successful Prosecution of Multivictim Cases
  • Child Abuse and Divorce: Competing Priorities and Agendas and Practical Suggestions
  •  Intervention in Child Maltreatment Cases
  • Sandtray Play with Traumatized Children: A Comparison Study
  • Multiple Risks for Children Exposed to Parental Violence: Family Factors, Psychological Maltreatment, and Trauma
  • Women with Children in Violent Relationships: The Choice of Leaving May Bring the Consequence of Custodial Challenge
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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Robin Vanderlaan (Author) ,  Kathleen Coulborn Faller (Author)