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The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment

The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment

Fourth Edition
Edited by:

August 2017 | 488 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Fourth Edition of this best-selling handbook provides readers with the most up-to-date theory, research, and best practices in the field of child abuse and neglect. Edited by leading experts, the book covers all aspects of child maltreatment, from physical abuse to sexual abuse and neglect, focusing on etiology, consequences, investigation, and treatment and systems. Updates include new content on assessment and mental health interventions, prevention, as well as global perspectives. Comprehensive and easy to read, the handbook will serve as an invaluable resource for students and professionals—both emerging and seasoned—across disciplines, but part of the same movement dedicated to improving the lives of maltreated children. 


Richard D. Krugman
1. The More We Learn, the Less We Know: A Brief History of the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect
Brett Drake and Melissa Jonson-Reid
2. Defining and Estimating Child Maltreatment
Todd I. Herrenkohl, Moo-Hyun Kim, and Jean Anderson
3. Child Maltreatment in the Context of Poverty and Other Forms of Adversity
Steven J. Holochwost and Sara R. Jaffee
4. The Neurobiological Embedding of Child Maltreatment: A Systems Perspective
Howard Dubowitz and Kim Oates
5. The State of Child Maltreatment and Child Protection Worldwide
Yanghee Lee and Sangwon Kim
6. Child Maltreatment in the Context of Child Rights: Obligations Under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Jon R. Conte and Viola Vaughan-Eden
7. Child Sexual Abuse
David J. Kolko and Olga V. Berkout
8. Physical Abuse of Children
Martha Farrell Erickson, Madelyn H. Labella, and Byron Egeland
9. Child Neglect
Stuart N. Hart, Marla R. Brassard, Amy J. L. Baker, and Zoe A. Chiel
10. Psychological Maltreatment of Children
Jennifer Wheeler
11. Psychological Assessment of the Child and the Family
Joshua B. Kay
12. Legal Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect
Monica M. Fitzgerald and Lucy Berliner
13. Mental Health Interventions in Child Maltreatment
Lisa Schelbe, Jennifer M. Geiger, Shamra Boel-Studt, and Francie J. Julien-Chinn
14. Foster Care
J. Bart Klika, Shawna Lee, and Joyce Y. Lee
15. Prevention of Child Maltreatment
Darcey Merritt, Kathryn Maguire-Jack, and Tori Negash
16. Effective Program Models for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment
Rochelle F. Hanson, Jason M. Lang, Jenifer Goldman Fraser, Jenifer R. Agosti...
17. Trauma-Informed Care: Definitions and Statewide Initiatives
Kathleen Coulborn Faller
18. Comprehensive Family Assessments in Child Welfare
Karen J. Saywitz, Thomas D. Lyon, and Gail S. Goodman
19. When Interviewing Children: A Review and Update
Elisabeth Pollio, Elizabeth Gravallese, and Esther Deblinger
20. Group Therapy for Children Who Have Experienced Abuse
Laura G. Kirsch and Amanda M. Fanniff
21. Treatment of Sexual Offenders
Lisa Aronson Fontes
22. Child Maltreatment Services for Culturally Diverse Families
Charles Wilson and Donna M. Pence
23. Multidisciplinary Teams and Child Maltreatment
Tricia D. Gardner, Betty Wade Coyle, and Theresa Covington
24. Child Death Review in the United States: A Multidisciplinary Process to Better Count, Understand, Respond to, and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities
About the Editors
About the Contributors


Instructor Resources

Microsoft® Word test bank on the password-protected Instructor Resource Site is available containing multiple choice and essay questions for each reading. The test bank provides a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting personalized questions to assess students’ progress and understanding.

“Incorporating advanced application into the latest edition of The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment is what students are seeking in order to develop essential skills to enter the child welfare workforce and improve services for children and their families.” 

Alberta J. Ellet
University of Georgia

“I found the text engaging, informative, and easy for students to use. It serves as a springboard for our class discussions and practice activities, and is a central backbone to build upon throughout the course.”

Amy Levine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Packed full of expertise and good sense, this is a practical book filled with up-to-date theory.”

Neil van Dokkum
Waterford Institute of Technology

Comprehensive textbook.

Professor Carol Edwards
College Of Social Work, Florida State University
May 15, 2023
Key features
  • New chapters written by new contributors offer fresh perspectives on a range of topics:
    • Surveillance of child maltreatment
    • Child maltreatment in the context of poverty and other adversity
    • The neurobiological consequences of child maltreatment
    • Child maltreatment in a global context
    • Child maltreatment and child rights
    • Psychological assessment of children and families
    • Trauma-informed care
    • Comprehensive family assessments
    • Group therapy for maltreated children
    • Child maltreatment services for culturally diverse families
    • Multidisciplinary teams
    • Child death reviews
  • A streamlined organization gives more appropriate attention to such areas as prevention of child maltreatment, interviewing children, and legal responses to child abuse and neglect.
  • Additional figures and tables help organize key information and provide visual clarification of concepts and data.
  • Updated references aligned with new chapters keep readers up to date with the latest sources in the field.
  • Contributions from notable experts across various fields range from social work, medicine, mental health, nursing, law and law enforcement, and more.
  • Integration of both theory and practical guidance appears throughout to help readers navigate the many challenges they will encounter in their careers.

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