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Childhood Maltreatment


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Dedication; Acknowledgments; 1 Description; 1.1 Terminology; 1.2 Definition; 1.3 Epidemiology; 1.4 Course and Prognosis; 2 Theories and Models of the Effects of Childhood Maltreatment; 2.1 PTSD Symptomatology Model; 2.2 Social Cognitive Information Processing Models; 3 Diagnosis and Treatment Indications; 3.1 Psychiatric Impairment and Specific Disorders Associated with Childhood Maltreatment; Mood Disorders; Suicidal/Self-Harm Behaviors; Anxiety Disorders; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Dissociation; Behavioral Problems and Disorders; Substance Use Disorders; Eating Disorders; Personality Disorders; Asymptomatic Victims; 4 Treatment: Intervening with Childhood Maltreatment Victims; 4.1 Methods of Treatment; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT); 4.2 Mechanisms of Action: Components of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment; Child-Treatment: Coping Skills Training; Child-Treatment: Cognitive Processing; Child-Treatment: Gradual Exposure; Child-Treatment: Psychoeducation; Parent-Treatment; Parent-Treatment: Orientation; Parent-Treatment: Coping Skills Training; Parent-Treatment: Gradual Exposure; Parent-Treatment: Psychoeducation; 4.3 Efficacy and Prognosis; Empirical Support of TF-CBT for Childhood Sexual Abuse; Empirical Support for TF-CBT for Childhood Physical Abuse; 4.4 Variations and Combinations of Methods; Dialectical Behavior Therapy; 4.5 Problems and Issues in Carrying Out the Treatments; Individual Problems; Family Problems; 5 Case Vignette; 6 Further Reading; 7 References; 8 Appendix: Tools and Resources.


"This book provides outstanding suggestions and specific guidelines for mental health practitioners, from students to experienced therapists, in integrating empirically-based approaches into their clinical practice. The book clearly advances the field of intervention and treatment for children who have experienced abuse and neglect." Barbara L. Bonner, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Child Study Center, Oklahoma City, OK "This brief and concise book is replete with information and astute observations about the nature, context and effects of child maltreatment, which is wisely considered along dimensional, as well as the more usual categorical, lines. The authors succeed in portraying accurately those sequelae which require therapeutic intervention. Using the now necessary evidence-based approach, various forms of treatment are described and their applicability to specific post-abuse difficulties indicated. Case illustrations shed further light on the issues discussed. The book is thus a welcome addition to the child maltreatment literature, and will prove particularly useful to busy practitioners as well as to their managers, who will gain an understanding of the complexity and labor-intensive nature of work in this field." Danya Glaser, MB BS, FRCPsych, Department of Psychological Medicine, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK" "Childhood Maltreatment is a brief, evidence-based review of the epidemiology, assessment, and treatment of individuals who have been mistreated in childhood. The focus is on psychotherapy, and the authors succeed in providing an excellent, easy-to-read review of the topic. The use of case vignettes...bring the concepts to life and leave the reader with a true understanding of psychotherapeutic modalities... The topic of maltreatment is vast and the book is all-encompassing, including not only sexual abuse, but also neglect and physical and emotional abuse... All family physicians will benefit from the tips given for reporting maltreatment... The information is relevant and up-to-date, and includes a review of the literature demonstrating cognitive behavioural therapy as perhaps the most effective therapy available for victims." Marjolaine Limbos in Canadian Family Physician, Vol. 54, May 2008 "In sum, this book is immensely informative and provides a very hands-on approach to working with families disrupted by childhood maltreatment". Jeffrey L. Kibler in PsycCRITIQUES, April 25, 2007, Vol. 52, Release 17, Article 4 "This book a terrific resource of information. ...provides an excellent overview of PTSD and the associated course and prognosis of childhood maltreatment. ...the chapter which outlines a considerable number of diagnostic disorders is truly remarkable... The case vignette helps facilitate understanding of the material and provides the real-world applicability... This is a concise yet powerful book that all trauma clinicians treating children and adolescents should have on their shelf." Nicholas Greco IV, M.S., BCETS, CATSM, CCRA (College of Lake County) in Doody's Book Review

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