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Child Abuse

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Child abuse, also called cruelty to children, is the willful infliction of pain and suffering on children through physical, sexual, or emotional mistreatment. Prior to the 1970s the term child abuse normally referred to only physical mistreatment, but since then its application has expanded to include, in addition to inordinate physical violence, unjustifiable verbal abuse; the failure to furnish proper shelter, nourishment, medical treatment, or emotional support; incest and other cases of sexual molestation or rape; and the use of children in prostitution or pornography.

"Child Abuse." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. July, 2006. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 14 July 2006 <>.

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Subject Introduction

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"The Dimensions of Maltreatment: Introduction"

Diana J. Englisha, Shrikant I. Bangdiwalab, and Desmond K. Runyanc
Child Abuse & Neglect, 29(5), May 2005, 441-460

This special issue includes an introduction and seven papers exploring dimensions of maltreatment including type, severity, chronicity, and substantiation status of referrals to CPS, utilizing a subsample of the LONGSCAN studies. Each paper examines one of the dimensions of maltreatment from various perspectives to determine if different conceptualizations of a dimension, examined in isolation, account for different amounts of variation in child outcomes. A final paper assesses the relationship of the combined maltreatment dimensions, including interactions, on a single sample of maltreated children from the LONGSCAN study. This final paper explores the individual contribution of the “best” conceptualizations of the maltreatment dimensions in relation to each other, and to the 10 child outcomes of interest. Implications of the findings from these papers for future research on dimensions of child maltreatment are discussed in two independent commentaries.

Reference Books

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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development
Brian Hopkins, ed.
Cambridge, UK; N.Y.: Cambridge University Press, 2005
HQ767.9 .C352 2005

Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science
Celia B. Fisher and Richard M. Lerner, eds.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005
HQ767.84 .E52 2005

Encyclopedia of School Psychology
Steven W. Lee, ed.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005
LB1027.55 .E523 2005

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Subject Headings and Call Number Ranges

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Subject Heading Call Number Range
Abused Children HV741
Adult Child Abuse Victims RC569.5
Child Abuse HV713, HV6626.5
Child Molesting HQ72
Incest RC560


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Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
Charles L. Whitfield
Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, 1987
RC569.5.C63 W47 1987

Child Abuse and Neglect: The School’s Response
Connie Burrows Horton
New York, NY: Guilford, 2001
HV6626.5 .H67 2001

Child Abuse: Opposing Viewpoints
Jennifer Hurley, ed.
San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1999
HV6626.52 .C545 1999

Sexual Abuse: Pastoral Responses
Len Hedges-Goetti
Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2004
BV4464.3 .H42 2004

Media By Subject

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Abused Children
Adult Child Abuse Victims
Child Abuse
Child Molesting

Subject Bibliographies

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Child Abuse and Neglect: An Annotated Bibliography
Beatrice J. Kalisch
West Port, CT: Greenwood Press, 1978
Z7164 .C5 K34

Child Abuse: An Annotated Bibliography
Dorothy Pearl Wells
Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1980
Z7164 .C5 W37 1980

Resources for Early Childhood: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide for Educators, Librarians, Health Care Professionals, and Parents
Hannah Nuba Scheffler
New York, NY: Garland Publ, 1983
HQ767.9 .S3 1983

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Journal Title Available Formats
Child Abuse & Neglect Print
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse Print

Print Periodical Indexes

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Education Index
New York, NY: H.W. Wilson Company
Z5813 .E23

Social Sciences & Humanities Index
New York, NY: H.W. Wilson
AI3 .R49

Social Sciences Index
New York, NY: H.W. Wilson Company
AI3 .S62


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Academic Search Premier
Contemporary Women's Issues
HAPI (Health and Psychosocial Instruments)
ProQuest Research Library
SIRS Researcher
SocINDEX with Full Text

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Articles not at APU If a journal article is unavailable in either the print journal collection or one of the online databases, it can be requested through interlibrary loan.

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Professional Organizations/Government Agency Websites

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Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Statistics and Interventions
Published by the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information of the Administration for Children & Families, this manual includes information on child abuse and fatalities due to illness and accidents and deaths due to physical assault or neglect. Intervention strategies and preventive services are included.

Child Abuse Prevention Association
This site includes brief coverage of this voluntary organization working towards the complete prevention of child abuse in Missouri, U.S. It also includes a history, services offered, and professional advice for parents.

Prevent Child Abuse America
PCAA is an Illinois, U.S.-based organization working towards prevention of child abuse and neglect. The site includes information on its programs, publications, and events. It also contains press releases.

Other Websites

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American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Child Sexual Abuse
This site provides extensive information on child protection. Discusses domestic violence, parental abduction, sex offenders, and Internet crimes. Also provides details of survivors and advocacy.

Ritual Abuse, Ritual Crime, and Healing
This site contains detailed information on this form of human rights abuse. It includes a collection of articles, a list of help centers, and a bibliography on related publications. The site also contains remedial tips for psychological problems and a photo gallery.

Free Online Journals

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Child Welfare Review
Envision: The Manitoba Journal of Child Welfare
The Future of Children

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Child Abuse Survivor


Written by Subject Specialist Irene Robinson, March 13, 2013