1st Edition

Wednesday's Child Research into Women's Experience of Neglect and Abuse in Childhood and Adult Depression

By Antonia Bifulco, Patricia Moran Copyright 1998
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    As many as one in four women have suffered severe neglect or abuse in childhood. This doubles the likelihood of their suffering clinical depression in adult life. Based on twenty years of systematic research,Wednesday's Child examines why neglect and abuse occur and demonstrates how such negative experience in childhood often results in abusive adult relationships, low self-esteem and depression.
    Drawing on interviews with over 200 women, the authors show vividly what can be learned from the experience of adult survivors of abuse. Most importantly, Wednesday's Child assesses the factors which can reduce the later impact of such experience on both the children of today and the parents of tomorrow.

    1 Introduction: history-taking Part I Neglect 2 Neglect: never truly available 3 Role-reversal: the meanest work of the house 4 Antipathy: ceaseless reprimand Part II Abuse 5 Physical abuse: beyond reasonable chastisement 6 Sexual abuse: shared secrecy and guilt 7 Psychological abuse: hostage to fortune Part III Contexts and outcomes 8 Multiple adversities: stressful family contexts 9 Adult vulnerability: legacy of childhood 10 Resilience: escape from risk 11 Conclusion: the century of the child


    Antonia Bifulco and Patricia Moran are both members of the social science team based at the Socio-Medical Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London.

    All professionals who deem themselves to be advocates for the child have much to learn from the rigorous qualitative research and thought-provoking case histories in this volume. - Community Practitioner

    Has clear implications for current child care and child protection practice ... is being welcomed by child care professionals. - Community Care