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NCJ Number: 118924 Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse and Its Consequences: Observational Approaches
Author(s): R Calam; C Franchi
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 226
Sponsoring Agency: Cambridge University Press
Cambridge, CB2 IRP, England
Publication Number: ISBN 31614-6
Sale Source: Cambridge University Press
The Pitt Building
Trumpington Street
Cambridge, CB2 IRP,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book focuses on child abuse -- the effects on the child and the family.
Abstract: In 1981 and 1982 the authors worked at a Family Centre which dealt exclusively with the families of children who had been physically or emotionally abused, neglected, or who were failing to thrive. Sources of information used for studying the children and their mothers included casefiles, unstructured interviews, and observation of children at play and with their mothers. The families and their histories are described, and the results of the observations are detailed according to individual children. Despite intervention with families in which nonaccidental injuries had occurred, a substantial proportion of the children involved appeared maladjusted when compared with their peers at school, and physical injury per se formed only a small part of the maltreatment to which they were subjected. In the children studied, severity of injury was not the major determinant of the degree of disturbances that they showed; the family environment that they were continuing to experience played a far more significant part. 104 references, index, and appendix.
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse situation remedies; Psychological victimization effects
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