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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Child Abuse and Neglect

Attachment, Development and Intervention

ISBN 9781403948250
Publication Date July 2005
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

This exciting new book offers a survey of the field of child abuse and neglect from the perspective of modern developmental attachment theory. The book opens with an account of the theory and describes the ways in which attachment difficulties manifest themselves in children's behaviour. The following three sections look at abuse, neglect, and compound cases of abuse and neglect, backing this up with empirical research evidence and vivid case material. The final section provides a comprehensive review of attachment-based interventions. This is a clear and compelling textbook, anchored in research evidence and geared in its structure to answer the kinds of questions practitioners and student practitioners specialising in child welfare are most likely to ask.

Professor David Howe OBE works in the Centre for Research on the Child and Family at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. He has research, writing and teaching interests in child abuse and neglect, adoption, and children's development, and was founding editor of the Blackwell Science journal, Child and Family Social Work (1996-2001). Other publications include On Being a Client: Understanding the Process of Counselling & Psychotherapy (Sage, 1993), Introduction to Social Work Theory: Making Sense in Practice (Avebury, 1987, and still selling) and Adopters on Adoption (British Association for Adoption and Fostering, 1996).

PART I: EMOTIONS, ATTACHMENT AND THE PSYCHOLOGICAL SELF Developing Minds in the Context of Close Relationships
Emotions and Mind-Mindedness
Patterns of Attachment
Defensive Processes, Attachment and Maltreatment
PART II: ABUSE Physical Child Abuse
Psychological Maltreatment: Emotional Abuse, Neglect and Rejection
PART III: NEGLECT Disorganised Neglect
Depressed, Passive and Physical Neglect
Severe Deprivation and Chronic Neglect Including Institutionalised Care
Drugs, Depression and Domestic Violence
Child Sexual Abuse
PART V: INTERVENTIONS Parent-Infant and Young Child Interventions
Interventions with Pre-School and School-Age Children
Interventions with Adolescents, Adults and Parents
Author Index
Subject Indexn>.


This is an important and impressive book and an invaluable contribution to the field.' - Anna Flanigan, YoungMinds Magazine
'This book is clearly organised and accessible, making it easy for the practitioner to consult relevant sections...Howe's final sentence sums up the message of this generally excellent book: 'if relationships are where things developmentally can go wrong, then relationships are where they are most likely to be put right.' - Jeanne Kaniuk - Adoption and Fostering
'A scholarly and very readable piece of work that will be of interest to academics as well as clinicians.' - Journal of Advanced Nursing
'There are some books that you pick up and think, 'I really ought to read that' and you approach them with a sense of dread mitigated only by grim determination. And then you start reading them, and you're hooked. This book was one of them.' - Accord Magazine for the Association of Christian Councellors
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