Children at Risk

An Evaluation of Factors Contributing to Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Robert T. Ammerman
  • Michel Hersen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert T. Ammerman, Michel Hersen
      Pages 3-19
  3. General Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Raymond H. Starr Jr., Howard Dubowitz, Beverly A. Bush
      Pages 23-53
    3. Randy K. Otto, Gary B. Melton
      Pages 55-83
    4. Lise M. Youngblade, Jay Belsky
      Pages 109-146
  4. Risk Factors Associated with Child Abuse and Neglect

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Joan I. Vondra
      Pages 149-170
    3. David C. Factor, David A. Wolfe
      Pages 171-198
    4. Robert T. Ammerman
      Pages 199-221
  5. Prevention and Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Maxine R. Newman, John R. Lutzker
      Pages 225-248
    3. Anthony P. Mannarino, Judith A. Cohen
      Pages 249-268
    4. Jeffrey A. Kelly
      Pages 269-287
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. James Garbarino
      Pages 291-298
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 299-314

About this book


During the past decade, a dramatic increase in research and clinical interest has risen in child abuse and neglect. This recent growth in awareness isdue at leastpartly to thealarmingstatisticsdocumentingthe incidence of child maltreatment. Almost one million children are re­ ported to be abused and neglected each year, and many experts believe that this figure underestimates the true incidence. Indeed, recentsurveys suggest that almost 1. 5 million children are the targets of domestic vio­ lence every year. A significantproportion of these children die as a func­ tion of this maltreatment, whereas theremaindersuffera variety ofshort­ and long-term deleterious medicaland psychosocial consequences. Child maltreatment is a universal problem that has precipitated a mobilization of effort from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, medicine, psychiatry, social work, sociology, and criminology. Particular attention has been directed toward the prevention and treatment of childabuse and neglect. Such endeavors require the screen­ ing of large groups in order to identify families that are at high-risk for engaging in such behavior. Delineating those characteristics that differ­ entiate high- from low-risk families and children is one of the obvious priorities for researchers and clinicians in the future. This book, there­ fore, carefully considers the status of research on risk factors of abuse and neglect in children. Adduced data undoubtedly will have practical value for subsequent intervention efforts.


attention emotion epidemiology intervention psychiatry psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert T. Ammerman
    • 1
  • Michel Hersen
    • 2
  1. 1.Western Pennsylvania School for Blind ChildrenPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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