Child Maltreatment: Emerging Issues in Practice, Care and Prevention


Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD (Editor)
Senior Vice President/Chief Quality Officer, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas; Professor and Section Head, Academic General Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, US

Series: Children’s Issues, Laws and Programs
BISAC: FAM001010

This book addresses a broad array of issues and topics related to child maltreatment and seeks to honor the sacred trust that former UN Secretary-General Annan speaks of by shedding light on how best to serve children and families confronting various forms of victimization. Topics span from how decisions are made by child protection professionals to the tools needed to effectively advocate for system reform at the community and state levels.

Section One, Practice Consideration, contains four chapters written by leading frontline professionals who explore decision making among child protection professionals, how medical and nonmedical team members ideally interact and share their expertise in the context of a team, and finally how advanced training in Child Abuse Pediatrics is now being provided to physicians who make an additional 3-year commitment beyond residency to become board certified in this relatively new specialty.
Section 2, Providing Care, consists of four chapters that examine human trafficking, the emergence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents who have experienced child maltreatment, and takes on an international flare and explores the trends in child maltreatment in the setting of multiple births in Japan.
Section 3, Prevention and Advocacy, ends the book with five chapters that seek to go upstream and which work toward systematic efforts to prevent child maltreatment. Using a quality improvement methodology, a hospital-based abusive head trauma program is implemented and evaluated in granular detail, concluding with lessons learned at the front line, where all programs either rise or fall. Next, the growing awareness of childhood adversity and the role that these early negative experiences can play in the health and wellbeing of children as they grow and develop is explored from a public health perspective.

The book concludes with a call to action for effective advocacy at the community and state levels to reform the systems we have institutionalized to manage the problem of child maltreatment. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Part I: Practice considerations

Chapter 1. Child Protective Services Decision-Making: Problems and Staff Views
Danielle M. Mitnick, Amy M. Smith Slep, Richard E. Heyman, and Jill Malik (New York University, New York, USA, and others)

Chapter 2. Effects of Decision-Maker Gender on Child Custodial Decisions in Cases Involving Child Abuse
Emily R. Denne, Taylor E. Wornica, and Margaret C. Stevenson (University of Evansville, Indiana, USA)

Chapter 3. Engaging Nonmedical Professionals
Mary P. Senkel, and Rebecca Girardet (The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, USA, and others)

Chapter 4. Child Abuse Pediatrics: The History and Development of a Pediatric Subspecialty
Angela Bachim, and Marcella Donaruma-Kwoh (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA, and others)

Part II: Providing Care

Chapter 5. Hiding in Plain Sight: The Trafficked in the Health Care Setting
Reena Isaac (Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA)

Chapter 6. Child Neglect Decision Making: Missed Opportunities
Jackie Stokes (Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada)

Chapter 7. Childhood Maltreatment and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Amy Vyas, Thao Vu-Sowers, Dana Billups, David Mathai, Kirti Saxena (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA)

Chapter 8. Child Maltreatment Associated with Multiple Births in Japan
Syuichi Ooki (Ishikawa Prefectural Nursing University, Ishikawa, Japan)

Part III: Prevention and Advocacy

Chapter 9. Implementation of a Child Abuse Prevention Program: Improving Adherence to a Prevention Protocol for Abusive Head Trauma
Stella Namuwonge, Maria Rosalba Medina, Eileen R. Giardino, Lisa Creamer, John Bickel (UTHealth School of Nursing, Houston, Texas, USA, and others)

Chapter 10. Addressing the Bootstrap Myth: A Public Health Response to Childhood Adversity
M. Grace Ryder (Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Chapter 11. Safe Environment Training and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse in the US Catholic Church After 2002
Angelo P Giardino, Mary Jane Doerr, Bernie Nojadera, Drew Dillingham, Kavita Christina Desai, and Dawn Lew (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA, and others)

Chapter 12. The Disbelief of Abusive Head Trauma
Christopher Spencer Greeley (Professor of Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA, and others)

Chapter 13. Making the Case: Successfully Advocating for Child Protection
Madeline DuHaime McClure (Founder and C.E.O., TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children, Texas, USA)


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