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NCJ Number: 183735 Find in a Library
Title: Family Assessment (From Battered Child, Fifth Edition, P 150-174, 1997, Mary E. Helfer, Ruth S. Kempe, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-183728)
Author(s): Elizabeth A. W. Seagull Ph.D.
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: University of Chicago Press
Chicago, IL 60637
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
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United States of America
Publisher: http://www.press.uchicago.edu 
Type: Collected Work
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The family assessment seeks information to help answer questions about child maltreatment, specifically what factors contribute to maltreatment, whether a child's situation can be improved by treatment, and whether parental rights should be terminated.
Abstract: Professionals working in child protection should be aware of the limits of their knowledge and the benefits of coordinating their assessments with those of other professionals. In the most complex child maltreatment cases, families may be referred to a multi-disciplinary child protection team for assessment. Benefits of a team approach are described, along with ethical issues in assessment and the co-occurrence of various types of child maltreatment. Child assessment procedures are detailed that cover assessing child development, interviewing children, interviewing for suspected sexual abuse, and assessing emotional reactions in child interviews. Parent assessment procedures are also discussed that focus on parent reactions to assessment, childhood history, parental impulse control, substance abuse, parent-child relationships, socialization, parenting skills, and mental disorders. Finally, the author considers the assessment of family interactions and the termination of parental rights. 84 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Child abuse; Child abuse treatment; Child protection services; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victim interviews; Child victims; Crimes against children; Interview and interrogation; Parent-Child Relations; Parental rights; Sexual assault victims
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