Child Abuse Research: Future Directions and Missing Pieces

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 25–26. Reviews the book, The Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect: Issues and Research edited by Raymond H. Starr, Jr., and David A. Wolfe (1991). This book is thorough in its description of three longitudinal studies of abuse and neglect, its discussion of issues concerned with this research, and its presentation of the difficulties as well as the benefits of such research. It is effective in its discussion of the need for specificity and standardized definitions to ensure comparability across studies and its suggestions for the construction of such definitions. The book's focus is on delineating issues that will improve the research process, rather than on summarizing the results of literature or evaluating assessment instruments, although some of the latter is done or relevant references provided. Much attention throughout the book is given to theoretical approaches (e.g., transactional, developmental, and systemic) to maltreatment research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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