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Understanding Abusive Families: An Ecological Approach to Theory and Practice

Understanding Abusive Families: An Ecological Approach to Theory and Practice

James Garbarino, John Eckenrode

ISBN: 978-0-787-91005-1

Oct 1997, Jossey-Bass

273 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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An up-to-date analysis of the factors contributing to abuse

This newly revised edition of a classic in the field of child abuse and neglect presents effective guidelines for prevention, protection, and rehabilitation.

Compelling and compassionate, this book explores why and how families become abusive. It then offers both the wisdom and specific clinical interventions that will aid in the understanding of abuser and victim.

Understanding Abusive Families offers cutting-edge information and prescriptions for change reagrding:

* the patterns of incidence and prevalence
* the community context of child abuse and the issue of social support
* psychological and sexual maltreatment
* child abuse in institutional families
* the special issues involved in adolescent maltreatment
Part One: An Introduction to Basic Concepts .

1. The Meaning of Maltreatment (James Garbarino, John Eckenrode).

2. The Scope and History of Child Abuse and Neglect (Frank Barry, Patrick Collins).

3. The Community Context of Child Abuse and Neglect (James Garbarino, Frank Barry).

4. Disturbances in Relationships: Parenting, Family Development, and Child Maltreatment (Kerry Bolger, Marney Thomas, John Eckenrode).

Part Two: Special Issues.

5. The Elusive Crime of Psychological Maltreatment (James Garbarino, John Eckenrode, Kerry Bolger).

6. Family Sexual Abuse (Marney Thomas, John Eckenrode, James Garbarino).

7. Child Maltreatment in Loco Parentis (Michael Nunno, Martha Holden, Brian Leidy).

Part Three: Adolescent Maltreatment.

8. The Maltreatment of Youth (James Garbarino, John Eckenrode, Jane Levine Powers).

9. Youth in Trouble Are Youth Who Have Been Hurt (John Eckenrode, Jane Levine Powers, James Garbarino).

10. In Conclusion: Family Life Development and Child Protection (James Garbarino, John Eckenrode).
"A well-written, carefully edited book that offers a new way of conceptualizing child abuse. It is a book well suited for college courses, training programs, and practicing clinicians and should be required reading for politicians and policy makers." (Psychiatric Services)

"In an accessible style that incorporates clinical vignettes to illustrate concepts, these authors have made an important and lasting contribution to our understanding of child abuse. Understanding Abusive Families will be an important addition to the libraries of all who are interested in understanding child maltreatment and in protecting the most vulnerable members of society?our children." (Dante Cicchetti, Ph.D., University of Rochester, Mt. Hope Family Center)

"Understanding Abusive Families presents a useful overview of the child abuse problem and a cogent plea to stop doing business as usual. If we heeded this plea as a nation, we could begin to help children get beyond the scars of abuse." (Anne Cohn Donnelly, executive director, National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse)

"A comprehensive, well-documented, and clarifying study of an important issue. Offers thoughtful recommAndations for both prevention and intervention. Anyone interested in vulnerable children and adolescents will find something of use in this volume." (Donald Cohen, director, Yale University Child Study Center, and Jean Adnopoz, associate clinical professor, Yale University Child Study Center)

"An invaluable resource. Provides an important view of families within a broader context--within the real world in which they live. This comprehensive perspective can help improve our ability to protect children, support families, and prevent child maltreatment." (Deanne Tilton Durfee, executive director, Los Angeles County Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect)