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Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment

Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment

  • Kathleen Coulborn Faller - University of Michigan School of Social Work; Family Assessment Clinic at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, USA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

December 2002 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The field of child sexual abuse has dramatically changed since Understanding Child Sexual Maltreatment was published in 1990. Considerable developments in child and offender research have emerged. But more significantly, a backlash against child abuse victims, Child Protective Services, and mental health professionals has impacted nearly every aspect of research, diagnosis, and intervention.

Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment, Second Edition updates its comprehensive coverage of child sexual abuse definitions and indicators, interview and questioning techniques, and diagnosis guidelines to include an insightful response to the building social backlash against the so-called "child abuse industry." Distinguished scholar and experienced practitioner Kathleen Coulborn Faller applies twenty-five years of clinical experience and state-of-the-art research to offer authoritative guidance to both novice and experience practitioners.

This Second Edition has been extensively revised to include

    • A completely rewritten section on data gathering and analysis
    • Updated assessment techniques and instruments
    • Detailed coverage of post assessment intervention strategies
    • Revised chapters that reflect up-to-date research and practice
    • Extensive analysis of the backlash against child abuse cases

Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment, Second Edition presents a wealth of practical information and field-tested tools. Author Kathleen Coulborn Faller uses clear language and numerous case studies to address all aspects of child sexual abuse including: the scope of the problem, professional collaboration, data analysis and diagnosis, and sexual abuse in special contexts.

An essential resource for child protection workers, mental health practitioners, lawyers, and law enforcement personnel, Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment, Second Edition is also an ideal supplementary text for graduate courses in child welfare practice, social work, and psychology.

I. What Constitutes Sexual Maltreatment?
1. Professional Roles and the Extent of Child Sexual Maltreatment
2. Definitions and Signs of Child Sexual Maltreatment
II. Collaborating with Institutions Having Mandatory and Legal Obligations
3. Working with Protective Services and Police
4. Collaborating with Attorneys and Working with the Courts
III. Data Collection and Decision Making
5. Child Interviews When Sexual Abuse is Suspected
6. The Context of Child Interviewing
7. Decision Making in Child Sexual Abuse
IV. Sexual Abuse in Special Contexts
8. Sexual Abuse in Family Foster Care
9. Sexual Abuse in Day Care
10. Sexual Abuse Allegations in Divorce
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Author
Key features
  • Author uses a clear writing style and numerous case studies to illustrate her points.
  • Addresses the issue of "Backlash" in child abuse cases.
  • Includes chapters on sexual abuse in day care, foster care, and divorce cases.

New to This Edition:

  • Much more detailed coverage on intervention following assessment.
  • Updated assessment coverage, including more recently developed techniques and instruments.

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