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Child Abuse and Neglect: Definitions, Classifications, and a Framework for Researchby Margaret M. Feerick
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This landmark book is the first to offer researchers and policymakers perspectives on developing a precise, scientifically valid system of defining, classifying, and measuring child maltreatment. Directly addressing the biggest barriers to research — lack of consistent definitions and measurement approaches — Child Abuse and Neglect is the result of two federally funded workshops that pooled the expertise of two dozen researchers. Together, these experts present a framework for conducting successful research, giving readers the information they need to
An indispensable resource for researchers and policymakers, this timely volume will help the field reach consensus on how to define and measure child maltreatment — and facilitate research that lays the groundwork for better prevention and treatment efforts.
Book News Annotation:
Feerick, a psychologist and consultant, gathers current views and recommended solutions for the development of a scientifically valid system of defining, classifying, and measuring child maltreatment. The book is the result of two federally funded workshops held in 1999 and 2000, pooling the knowledge of two dozen experts in psychology, child and family development, and social work. Section I focuses on the history of classification efforts, the development of classification frameworks, and classification methodologies. Section II reviews existing theory and definitions, providing suggestions for future work, and Section III overviews and analyzes measurement tools used in research, arguing for a multi-method, multi-source approach. Section IV addresses social and policy trends and practices that advance or impede research and practice. The audience for the book includes scholars, policymakers, and professionals and students interested in child abuse and neglect. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Historically, it has been difficult to measure child maltreatment because researchers, agencies, and states all define it differently. Child Abuse and Neglect tackles this issue in three main ways: 1) it examines the history of classification and identification, 2) it provides specific suggestions for future empirical work and model development by looking at what is currently available, and 3) it gives researchers an overview of how policy trends and practice can advance or impede progress in this area. A foundational book intended to move researchers toward an integrated model of child abuse and neglect research so that they can begin to influence policy and practice; this book is ideal for practitioners in that it covers current and promising methods and instruments that can be used today.
The first and only synthesis of prevention research and methodology, this timely volume examines programs targeting eight of today's most pressing problems that affect infants, children, and youth. ;
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