© 1983

Child Advocacy

Psychological Issues and Interventions


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Gary B. Melton
    Pages 1-25
  3. Gary B. Melton
    Pages 27-43
  4. Gary B. Melton
    Pages 45-64
  5. Gary B. Melton
    Pages 65-87
  6. Gary B. Melton
    Pages 89-108
  7. Gary B. Melton
    Pages 109-135
  8. Gary B. Melton
    Pages 137-156
  9. Gary B. Melton
    Pages 157-185
  10. Gary B. Melton
    Pages 187-202
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 203-228

About this book


The details of the history of child advocacy have been vividly described in an article by Takanishi (1978). In reviewing her work and that of others, four historical phases in child advocacy can be identified: 1. The first period was the evolution of the concept of childhood as a distinct and separate developmental stage. Aries (1962) has described how the concept of childhood as a period different from adulthood did not evolve philosophically until the sixteenth century. It was only after that time, through the influence of Rousseau and other philosophers, that childhood was seen, at first romantically, and later more realistically, as a special time for growth and learning, with unique styles and mechanisms. 2. It was not until the nineteenth century, however, with the rapid rise that a formal effort was made to of science and major socioeconomic changes identify and try to meet children's needs. A number of organizations specifi­ cally devoted to children arose and attempts to help children in ways consis­ tent with the developing knowledge became a major social issue. Initially, the interest was in children's health with infant mortality, child labor, and safety as paramount issues. Although socioeconomic factors initiated the change (children's labor was no longer economically necessary), a basic humanistic philosophy underlay this phase. Major dedication to alleviating the pain and injury done to children who were helpless to defend themselves and who were being deprived of opportunities for growth became the goal.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Child Advocacy
  • Book Subtitle Psychological Issues and Interventions
  • Authors Gary Melton
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-41156-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4613-3589-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4613-3587-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 228
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Clinical Psychology
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