January 2002Vol. 3, No. 1Psychological Maltreatment of Children: The APSAC Study Guides 4
Psychological maltreatment is probably the most common form of child abuse. Not only is it a type of maltreatment existing in its own right, but it also is imbedded in, and interacts with, all other forms of child abuse and neglect. Psychological Maltreatment of Children is a brief introduction to the emotional abuse of children and youth for mental health professionals, child welfare specialists, and other professionals involved with research, education, practice, and policy development in child maltreatment. The authors define and outline theories of psychological maltreatment, describe its effects, and examine this form of abuse as a social problem. They cover assessment, prevention, and treatment strategies, and show how to analyze a case of child psychological maltreatment. The APSAC "Practice Guidelines for the Psychosocial Evaluation of Suspected Psychological Maltreatment in Children and Adolescents" are provided in full.
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