Child Abuse: A Potpourri of Studies

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Reviews the book, New Developments in Child Abuse Research, edited by Stanley M. Sturt (see record 2006-09695-000). The reviewer questions several editorial decisions with regard to this volume, noting that some of the chapters contribute to ongoing research endeavors, and some address issues related to judicial approaches to child abuse. It is felt that none of the chapters represents new developments in child abuse research; however, some of them may be useful to scholars within particular subfields such as criminal justice, international psychology, and, yes, child abuse. After a brief definition of child abuse and neglect, the preface merely strings together the abstracts of the chapters included in the book–with no acknowledgment that such an approach (stringing together abstracts without quotation marks) is being taken. Moreover, there is no general statement of purpose, no effort to provide any integration across chapters, no indication of what criteria were used to determine what chapters (or what kinds of chapters) would be included in the volume, and no discussion of how these particular chapters represent “new developments in child abuse research.” It is not clear who Stanley M. Sturt, the editor, is, what his credentials are, and whether he has any institutional affiliation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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