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NCJ Number: 49688 Find in a Library
Title: PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN - CAUSES AND TREATMENT
Author(s): D R WALTERS
Corporate Author: Indiana University Press
Promotion Manager
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 204
Sponsoring Agency: Indiana University Press
Bloomington, IN 47404-3797
Sale Source: Indiana University Press
Promotion Manager
601 N. Morton Street
Bloomington, IN 47404-3797
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE PROBLEM OF CHILD ABUSE IN THE UNITED STATES IS EXAMINED, WITH EMPHASIS ON PREVENTION AND ON TREATMENT OF ABUSING ADULTS AND ABUSED CHILDREN.
Abstract: THE DISCUSSION IS DIRECTED TO PROFESSIONALS -- PHYSICIANS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, SOCIAL WORKERS, AND OTHERS -- WHO DEAL WITH ABUSE SITUATIONS, AS WELL AS TO ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS. THE DIFFERENCES IN ETIOLOGY BETWEEN SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE ARE STRESSED, AS ARE THE SHORTCOMINGS OF EXISTING TREATMENT AND REPORTING SYSTEMS. THE CENTRAL THESIS IS THAT CHILD ABUSE IS ROOTED IN THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF DENIGRATING CHILDREN AND INSTITUTIONALIZING VIOLENCE, AND THAT MOST ABUSERS ARE REPEATING CHILD-REARING PATTERNS THEY THEMSELVES EXPERIENCED AS CHILDREN. THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF DIAGNOSING AND TREATING CHILD ABUSE ARE EMPHASIZED, AND A TYPOLOGY OF PHYSICAL ABUSERS OF CHILDREN IS PROVIDED. THE INADEQUACY OF TRADITIONAL THERAPEUTIC METHODS IS POINTED OUT, AND ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES (GROUP TREATMENT, DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE, NONABUSIVE COPING MECHANISMS FOR PARENTS) ARE SUGGESTED. A SEPARATE DISCUSSION OF THE CAUSES AND TREATMENT OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN IS PROVIDED. THE DISCUSSION CLOSES WITH AN EXAMINATION OF ALTERNATIVES FOR CHANGE. THE NEED TO ELEVATE THE STATUS OF CHILDREN IN SOCIETY AND TO OBSERVE THEIR RIGHTS IS IDENTIFIED. TOWARD THIS END, SHORT-RANGE, INTERMEDIATE, AND LONG-RANGE GOALS ARE SUGGESTED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--LKM)
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse causes; Child abuse prevention; Child abuse treatment; Child victims; Crime prevention measures; Cultural influences; Treatment; Victims of Crime
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