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NCJ Number: 158842 Find in a Library
Title: Twenty-four Questions (and Answers) About Professional Practice in the Area of Child Abuse
Journal: Professional Psychology: Research and Practice  Volume:26  Issue:4  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:377-385
Corporate Author: American Psychological Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychological Assoc
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article contains general information for providers who come in contact with abused children.
Abstract: Child abuse is one of the most pervasive and profoundly disturbing problems confronting the United States today. Psychologists often are confronted in their various roles and work settings with complex issues surrounding child abuse. As practitioners, psychologists need systematic knowledge of services, agencies, legislation, and regulations regarding child abuse. The information presented in this article includes: (1) reporting requirements; (2) handling disclosure; (3) some possible effects of reporting; (4) assessment of children who have been abused; (5) intervention for abused children; (6) offender issues; and (7) resources available to psychologists. Child abuse, as a generic term, includes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and physical and emotional neglect. Child abuse cuts across all lines of gender, national origin, language, religion, age, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation. This wide range of victims and acts has led to confusion in clinical and state-law definitions of exactly what constitutes abuse and neglect. Child abuse may occur both between adults and children and between children. The various forms of child abuse have similarities as well as differences. In addition, child abuse is not necessarily a linear process in which one person abuses only one other. Rather, there are distressing cyclical and ripple effects of abuse. The long-term effects, particularly of untreated abuse, can be devastating as well. Appendixes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Child abuse; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Forensic psychology; Psychological research; Psychological victimization effects; Psychologists role in criminal justice; Victims of Crime
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