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Child Maltreatment

Child Maltreatment
An Introduction

Third Edition

May 2012 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Child Maltreatment, Third Edition, by Cindy Miller-Perrin and Robin Perrin, is a thoroughly updated new edition of the first textbook for undergraduate students and beginning graduate students in this field. The text is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to child maltreatment by disseminating current knowledge about the various types of violence against children. By helping students understand more fully the etiology, prevalence, treatment, policy issues, and prevention of child maltreatment, the authors hope to further our understanding of how to treat child maltreatment victims and how to prevent future child maltreatment.

1. History and Definitions of Child Maltreatment
2. The Study of Child Maltreatment: Theoretical and Methodological Issues
3. Child Physical Abuse
4. Child Sexual Abuse
5. Child Neglect
6. Child Psychological Maltreatment
7. Additional Forms of Child Maltreatment
8. Key Issues in Responding to Child Maltreatment
9. Controversial Issues in the Study of Child Maltreatment
10. What You Can Do to Help
Appendix: Resources for Individuals and Organizations Addressing Child Maltreatment
About the Authors


Instructor Teaching Site
The Instructor Teaching Site includes:

  • Test bank
  • Film and video resources

An eye opener even to the well seasoned practitioner and academic. Disturbing yet hopeful solutions are proffered in realistic and individualistic terms.

Mr Gwilym Sion ap Gruffudd
School of Education, Bangor University
November 4, 2015

Best book I could find for an intro class on child maltreatment. Most of the students like it. I think it's a little too repetitive, but I like the mix of case studies and scholarly research. The research is cites if often very old, though.

Professor Zach Strassburger
Child Advocacy Studies, Winona State University
October 28, 2014

Although a good book, I found a book that also contains information about mandated reporting, the CPS process and self-care.

Mrs Tammy Gorski
Human Services, Northcentral Tech Clg-Wausau
October 11, 2014

A fabulous book which adds various materials and ideas for students to utilise.

Mr Craig Diver
Social Work (Preston), Univ. of Central Lancashire
July 16, 2014

I am still waiting for the inspection copy of this book

Dr Vincent Icheku
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
November 27, 2013

Excellent intro textbook on child maltreatment. Very readable and well written for an undergraduate audience; covers a diverse array of topics related to child maltreatment and family violence.

Dr Richard Solomon
Psychology Dept, University of Rhode Island
September 28, 2013

A useful book - good for supporting the students in their general learning regarding child development and support.

Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten
School of Education & Continuing Stud, Portsmouth University
September 11, 2013

Excellent introductory text on the subject.

Professor Edward Weeks
Criminal Justice Dept, University of Massachusetts at Lowell
September 6, 2013

The text is well organized and written for a Social Work child, abuse, and neglect course. The authors incorporate social theory in defining maltreatment, risk and protective factors, and current evidence and case examples that assist with the application to practice.
George Leibowitz, PhD

Dr George Leibowitz
Social Work Dept, University of Vermont
August 17, 2013

not able to teach course

Dr Tasha Howe
Psychology Dept, Humboldt State University
March 6, 2013
Key features

New to the Third Edition

  • Hundreds of new citations incorporated into the new edition reflect the significant amount of new research in the field.
  • A significantly revised Child Sexual Abuse chapter includes expanded coverage on Internet exploitation, sexting, and sex trafficking.
  • The discussion of "Controversial Issues in the Study of Child Maltreatment" has been expanded and updated.
  • New and/or updated information throughout the text includes sections on sex selective foeticide in India and China, human trafficking, victim resilience, children's rights as human rights, and shaken baby syndrome.

Key Features

  • The extensive range of topics covered includes child sexual abuse, physical abuse, psychological maltreatment, child neglect, and a variety of additional forms of child maltreatment.
  • End-of-chapter sections on social policy and practice issues follow the chapters on the four forms of Child Maltreatment with special attention given to debates within this field.
  • Informal interviews with leading authorities in the field of child maltreatment and related professional issues will prepare students who plan to have careers in the field.
  • Legal and Professional Issues are discussed throughout the book.
  • A comprehensive glossary of key terms provides students and instructors with easy access to definitions of terms.

Sample Materials & Chapters


ch 1

ch 9

Ch 2

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