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NCJ Number: 183729 Find in a Library
Title: Children in a World of Violence: The Roots of Child Maltreatment (From Battered Child, Fifth Edition, P 3-28, 1997, Mary E. Helfer, Rush S. Kempe, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-183728)
Author(s): Robert W. Ten Bensel M.D.; Marguerite M. Rheinberger J.D.; Samuel X. Radbill M.D.
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: University of Chicago Press
Chicago, IL 60637
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
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Type: Collected Work
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Child maltreatment has been recognized over the last three decades as an issue of genuine concern for societies throughout the world; despite the continued reluctance of many people to acknowledge the existence of child abuse and neglect, progress has been made in identifying and better understanding the problem and its roots.
Abstract: The primary approach to treatment has shifted from the punitive to the therapeutic. Child protection laws are now oriented toward non-punitive protection of children, helping families in crisis, preserving good standards of parental behavior, and providing basic services for the optimum care of children in the family setting. Further, broad issues such as cultural diversity are reflected in the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 and the Permanency Planning Act of 1980 which seek to protect cultural heritage while responding to the needs of children whose families can no longer take care of them. In addition to the work of various professionals, more public awareness of the need for better care of children has developed. This has led to more community involvement and the mobilization of volunteers and resources in an attempt to develop positive intervention and prevention programs. The roots of child maltreatment are discussed in terms of infanticide, abandonment, child-rearing modes and practices, child labor, child sexual abuse and prostitution, the advancement of children's rights, child protective services, and child abuse as a pediatric problem. 64 references and 7 photographs
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; American Indians; Child abuse causes; Child abuse prevention; Child abuse treatment; Child protection laws; Child protection services; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Crimes against children; Cultural influences; Indian justice; Infanticide; Juvenile prostitution; Neglectful parents; Parental attitudes; Parental influence; Rights of minors; Sexual assault victims; Victims of violent crime
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