Child Abuse and Neglect: Ecological Perspectives (Chapter 3 in Wiley Handbook of What Works in Child Maltreatment: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment and Intervention in Child Protection).
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This chapter summarizes theoretical perspectives behind the etiology of child abuse and neglect, including historical perspectives, developmental theories, and the multi-factor ecological model. Risk and protective factors are considered in interpersonal variables, parent and family variables, peers and community variables, and societal and cultural variables. Ecological approaches to prevention are then discussed. 1 table, 3 figures, and numerous references.
child abuse; child neglect; ecological factors; historical perspective; theories; risk factors; resilience