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Health Reference Series

Child Abuse Sourcebook, 4th Ed.

Web Price: $85.00

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than three million cases of child abuse or neglect are reported annually. Child maltreatment can create visible welts, bruises, and broken bones, or it can be invisible, producing deep emotional scars and life-long mental health challenges.

Child Abuse Sourcebook, 4th Edition provides updated information about the physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children, as well as child neglect. Facts about child protective services and interventions by the court system are included.

The book is organized in the broad subject areas detailed below.

Part I: Child Maltreatment explains the types of intentional actions that U.S. state laws typically recognize as forms of abuse. These include physical abuse, sexual abuse and exploitation, emotional abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Related issues, including bullying and exposure to violence, are also explored. The part concludes with a discussion of long term consequences of physical, psychological, behavioral and economic abuse.

Part II: Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children concerns itself with modes of maltreatment that result from physical actions, including physical abuse, abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome), and Munchausen by proxy syndrome. It reports on the physical and behavioral indicators of sexual abuse and provides facts about incest and abuse in dating relationships. It also discusses statutory rape laws and extraterritorial sexual exploitation of children.

Part III: Child Neglect and Emotional Abuse provides information about forms of abuse that are generally less visible than physical abuse. These can result from the failure of a parent or guardian to take appropriate action on a child’s behalf – such as neglecting a child’s healthcare – or other behaviors that negatively impact a child’s mental development or psychological well-being. The part also discusses a wide range of other topics related to neglect and abuse including, technology and abuse, sexual exploitation of children, international parental kidnapping, and maltreatment of disabled children.

Part IV: Adult Survivors of Child Abuse explains the long-term consequences of experiencing maltreatment during childhood, and it discusses the outcomes that may emerge in adulthood. Mental health issues related to the vestiges of child abuse are also addressed. Early life stress and adult chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are also discussed, as well as the reactions to trauma by survivors of childhood abuse.

Part V: Child Abuse Preventions, Interventions, and Treatments reports on various strategies, laws, and regulations intended to reduce the incidence of child abuse. It presents various child abuse prevention strategies and initiatives, and explains how child protective services can intervene in suspected abuse cases. It also discusses therapy options for children and adults who have been impacted by abuse.

Part VI: Parenting Issues and Child Abuse Risks describes some of the most common family challenges that place children in dangerous situations, including domestic violence, mental health issues, parental substance abuse, and inappropriate forms of discipline. It provides tips for improving parenting skills and also offers suggestions for foster and adoptive parents.

Part VII: Additional Help and Information includes a glossary of terms related to child abuse and child protective services, a state-by-state list of contact information for reporting suspected child maltreatment, and a directory of organizations involved in efforts to end child abuse and heal its effects.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts


"With the use of bullet points, short paragraphs, FAQs, numerous headings, and subheadings, readers will find the format extremely navigable. Every chapter takes care to address its topics in a generous and sensitive manner. This fourth edition conveys the most up-to-date information in regard to the topic of child abuse relative to the rapid advancements in current research....[I]t succeeds at providing thorough and supportive information about child abuse and its devastating consequences. Recommended."

— American Reference Books Annual, 2017