The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment, 4th edition

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The Fourth Edition of this best-selling handbook provides readers with the most up-to-date theory, research, and best practices in the field of child abuse and neglect. Edited by leading experts, the book covers all aspects of child maltreatment, from physical abuse to sexual abuse and neglect, focusing on etiology, consequences, investigation, and treatment and systems. Updates include new content on assessment and mental health interventions, prevention, as well as global perspectives. Comprehensive and easy to read, the handbook will serve as an invaluable resource for students and professionals—both emerging and seasoned—across disciplines, but part of the same movement dedicated to improving the lives of maltreated children.

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  • New chapters written by new contributors offer fresh perspectives on a range of topics:
    • Surveillance of child maltreatment
    • Child maltreatment in the context of poverty and other adversity
    • The neurobiological consequences of child maltreatment
    • Child maltreatment in a global context
    • Child maltreatment and child rights
    • Psychological assessment of children and families
    • Trauma-informed care
    • Comprehensive family assessments
    • Group therapy for maltreated children
    • Child maltreatment services for culturally diverse families
    • Multidisciplinary teams
    • Child death reviews
  • A streamlined organization gives more appropriate attention to such areas as prevention of child maltreatment, interviewing children, and legal responses to child abuse and neglect.
  • Additional figures and tables help organize key information and provide visual clarification of concepts and data.
  • Updated references aligned with new chapters keep readers up to date with the latest sources in the field.


  • Contributions from notable experts across various fields range from social work, medicine, mental health, nursing, law and law enforcement, and more.
  • Integration of both theory and practical guidance appears throughout to help readers navigate the many challenges they will encounter in their careers.


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