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NCJ Number: 200510 Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse and Neglect (From Juvenile Justice System: Law and Process, Second Edition, P 223-270, 2002, Mary J. Clement -- See NCJ–200505)
Author(s): Mary J. Clement Ph.D.
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: Butterworth-Heinemann
Woburn, MA 01801-2041
Sale Source: Butterworth-Heinemann
225 Wildwood Ave
Woburn, MA 01801-2041
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter discusses the processes and procedures for handling child abuse and neglect cases.
Abstract: Child abuse and neglect cases are different from those that originate under a delinquency petition. Child Protective Services (CPS) investigates claims of neglect or abuse within 24 hours of receiving such a report, and CPS workers typically determine that child abuse and neglect reports are either founded, unfounded, or unfounded with reason to suspect. The author presents details from the Supreme Court case Meyer V. the State of Nebraska in order to illustrate due process in family law concerning child abuse. Turning to a discussion of physical child abuse and neglect, the author discusses the historical development of the term “battered child,” and presents CPS case studies illustrating the determination of child abuse. Addressing sexual child abuse, the author presents a brief history of this form of abuse and discusses various types of rape, sexual abuse reporting, and risk assessment. Discussing family dynamics, sexual activity, biopsychosocial factors, healthy families, dysfunctional families, alcoholic families, and incestual families, the author details factors contributing to child abuse, neglect, and ritualistic abuse. Following a brief discussion of juvenile psychological maltreatment, the author describes psychiatric, sociological, and social situational child abuse intervention measures designed to promote healthy families. References, appendix
Main Term(s): Child abuse; Juvenile justice system
Index Term(s): Child abuse and neglect hearings; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child neglect causes; Child protection services; Child Sexual Abuse
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