• Gail Ryan
Part of the Child Maltreatment book series (MALT, volume 1)


People who came in contact with Henry Kempe were rarely left unchanged, as he was a powerfully motivating force, bringing people into the circle of child protection from unlikely places. This chapter captures some unique aspects of understanding Dr. Kempe’s thinking about child abuse in the beginning days of the field. Written from the perspective of a lay person who became caught up in the field by unlikely circumstances and went on to become a pioneer in her own right, this author demonstrates the breadth of Dr. Kempe’s vision and his genuine understanding of the problems associated with children not being safe with their caregivers. By connecting anecdotal memories of Dr. Kempe to subsequent developments in research and practice, the author shares some interesting ideas about how personal experiences may have enriched the vision and insights of this pioneer in child abuse and neglect.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kempe Center for Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, Department of PediatricsUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA

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