Within this publication we'll explore decades of research into various child development and maltreatment issues, ranging from physical or sexual abuse to how obesity and divorce affects children. We'll discuss what makes for good versus unhealthy environments while laying a framework for assessing any type of maltreatment. For this reason, inside this book is a wealth of useful information for parents, teachers, psychologists, and anyone else who is concerned with child welfare.
Child maltreatment is one of the most emotionally charged topics that society faces. As a result, it's also a subject filled with more myths, false assumptions, and ignorance than just about any other topic. Unfortunately, what we don't know can and does hurt our children. Every day that goes by, countless numbers of children have new wounds created and salt poured into old ones by well meaning people who don't fully grasp the nature of their suffering. You'll likely find a number of surprising facts in this book that contradict the type of pop-culture teachings that are prevalent throughout society and which guide people's decisions. In doing so, you'll also come to a much fuller understanding of exactly how a child's welfare is impacted for better or worse, and be a much better parent or advocate because of it.
Sections 1 and 2 of this book explore the various principles and factors that play a role in maltreatment issues. These chapters lay the framework for all types of child abuse, and should be read by everyone who interacts with kids. Sections 3 and 4 discuss the various forms of traditional and non-traditional abuses. You can read through every chapter if you'd like or skip around to the topics that interest you most. Sections 5 and 6 explore the numerous ways in which good intentions go astray. These areas are a must-read for anyone who is interested in child advocacy, and also includes some of the most shocking and thought-provoking material in this book. So many ordinary parents will find these chapters engaging as well, even if they don't pertain to them directly. We end by discussing how this material relates to public policy and how we can better ensure the welfare of the children in our communities.
We hope you enjoy the reading, and are confident that you'll find something within these pages that will make you a better-informed parent, teacher, or caregiver; so that you can then turn around and impact a child's life in positive ways. It's the reason we publish all of our material, and to that end, we're thrilled to have you as a reader. Enjoy, and let us know if we can be of further assistance.