Providing an evidence-based understanding of the causes and consequences of violence against children, experts in the field examine the best practices used to help protect children from violence. Various types of violence are reviewed including physical and sexual abuse, (cyber-)bullying, human trafficking, online predators, abductions, and war. In addition, it reviews the various perpetrators of such violence including parents and relatives, strangers, other children, and societal institutions. The possible outcomes of such violence including physical injuries, death, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, and damage to the social fabric of the local community are also explored.
To enhance accessibility, each contributor addresses common themes:Opening case studies dramatically illustrate the human cost of abuse and neglectEmpirically driven estimates of the scope of problem to better understand who is at risk and whyEmpirically driven testing of interventions to maximize effectiveness of programsHow current research compares to public perception and the impact on public policy The worldwide problem of violence against children Evidence-based recommendations for reducing violence against children.
The book opens with a review of the history of the problem, the methodological approaches used to study it, and current "best practice" prevention strategies. The methods used to identify peer victims are then explored. Next child eyewitness memory is examined including the most effective techniques for maximizing the retrieval of information. This is followed by the research on missing and abducted children including the effectiveness of recovery programs such as supermarket campaigns and forensic age profiles. Next how the Internet is used in the victimization of children is explored including tips to help protect children online. Public attitudes toward sex offender registration laws are then reviewed followed by vulnerabilities that include genetic, neuropsychological, temperamental, cognitive, perceptual and social factors. International perspectives on protecting children from violence and global health inequities are then addressed. The book concludes with recommendations for future research.
Contributors are noted scholars from a broad range of disciplines. As such, the book appeals to researchers and advanced students in developmental, counseling, clinical, cognitive, evolutionary, and social psychology, as well as sociology, social work, criminal justice, education, and law enforcement.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"The contributing authors in this book bring a wealth of practice and research experience applying psychology to the long-standing and endemic nature of violence towards children ... this is an important contribution to the question of how to use evidence-based practice to reduce violence towards children." - Professor David Crighton, Durham University, in The Psychologist
"Protecting Children from Violence will be useful to professionals in a variety of disciplines, such as clinical psychology, criminal justice, law enforcement, and public policy. It also provides therapists with a valuable overview of empirical research, a first step toward the integration of these findings into effective policy and practice." - Mary Lindahl, Ph.D., Marymount University in PsycCRITIQUES
"A must-read, Lampinen and Sexton-Radek's book reflects the vibrancy and breadth of a crucial field of scientific study-protecting children from violence. Chapters cover a wide range of important topics. This book is essential reading for all who care about children's welfare." - Gail S. Goodman, University of California, Davis, USA
"This book provides an excellent, research based overview of violence against children and makes empirically based suggestions for addressing this problem. It is an outstanding resource for researchers and child advocates." -Monica L. McCoy, Ph.D., Converse College, USA
"A major strength of this volume is that it focuses on evidence-based practices. This by itself will add to the field... [It] highlights the complex nature of children's exposure to violence and the importance of considering all contextual levels when trying to understand violence exposure... I can see this book being beneficial to social work students (and social workers) as well as practioners working with children, and graduate students in clinical/counselling programs." - Manfred H.M.van Dulmen, Kent State University, USA
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