Emotional Abuse of Children: Essential Information.
viii, 217 p.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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New York, NY 20017
This text draws upon studies and findings to summarize essential information about the emotional abuse of children that can damage the self-esteem of children, affect adult relationships, and influence children’s health. Chapter 1 explains the definition of emotional abuse, how it differs from neglect and other forms of child maltreatment, the prevalence of child abuse and neglect, and the likely victimization of emotionally abused children by other forms of abuse. Chapter 2 examines why parent sand caregivers emotionally abuse children and family and individual characteristics and other circumstances associated with child maltreatment. The following chapter describes the effect of emotional abuse and the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study that indicate the impact of childhood emotional abuse on adult health and well-being. The assessment of emotional abuse is covered in Chapter 4, as well as the basic child protective services investigative process, categories of emotional abuse, and the assessment of emotional abuse in preschool children. Tools to use for assessing the emotional abuse of children are highlighted. Chapter 5 discusses intervening and treating emotional abuse, theoretical perspectives informing emotional abuse intervention, decision-making and evidence-based practice, common factors found in effective interventions, and interventions targeting emotional abuse. Parent-focused and child-focused approaches are described. Case examples are provided throughout the text, as well as class discussion questions. Numerous references.
child abuse; emotional abuse; treatment; qualitative research; child abuse research; therapeutic intervention; child protective services; childhood trauma; child development