Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment: Contemporary Strategies, Volume 1: Presentation and Assessment

The first volume of Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment: Contemporary Strategies provides extensive interdisciplinary knowledge on the effects of child abuse and neglect, presentation and assessment of trauma, and includes a special focus on post-pandemic emerging trends in diagnosis.

Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment: Contemporary Strategies, Volume 1: Presentation and Assessment

The first volume of Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment: Contemporary Strategies is a thorough examination of current knowledge on the way child abuse and neglect can affect a child’s mental and emotional development. In this volume interdisciplinary professionals focus on the presentation and assessment of trauma with a special focus on post-pandemic emerging trends in diagnosis.

This text intends to do the following: 

  • Define the problem of child maltreatment conceptually and numerically, using statistics that describe the state of maltreatment and the characteristics of those most affected by it 
  • Identify causes and risk factors that appear to affect susceptibility to maltreatment, such as factors that increase a child’s risk of abuse or obstacles to delivering effective child protection services 
  • Design interventions that are trauma-informed, sensitive, and developmentally targeted for children and their caregivers 
  • Disseminate information about the evidence and effectiveness of these interventions to increase the profile for their usage in clinical practice 
  • Educate students and future professionals in psychology, medicine, nursing, social work, and creative arts therapies to mitigate the effects of child maltreatment for future generations

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Child Abuse and The Emergence of Developmental Trauma
Chapter 2: Neuropsychological Implications of Child Maltreatment
Chapter 3: Clinical Manifestations of Child Maltreatment 
Chapter 4: Child Maltreatment in the Post-Pandemic Era
Chapter 5: Social Determinants of Health
Chapter 6: Biographical Timelines
Chapter 7: Clinical Interviewing
Chapter 8: Preschool Assessment
Chapter 9: Multidisciplinary Strategies for Assessment and Intervention
Chapter 10: Adolescents Who Commit Sexual Offenses
Chapter 11: Application of Psychometrics to Child Maltreatment
Assessment Instruments
Chapter 12: Suicide Risk and Screening

Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, RN

Paul Clements is an Associate Clinical Professor. A psychiatric / forensic specialist, he is a Certified Gang Specialist and Certified in Danger Assessment. His clinical experience includes serving as Assistant Director/Bereavement Therapist at the Homicide Bereavement Center at the Office of the Medical Examiner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he was appointed as the Director of Operations for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health. He is an experienced therapist, forensic consultant, and critical incident/trauma response specialist with over 20 years of experience in management/administration and crisis intervention. Dr. Clements was involved in the television and printed news media, as well as interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), related to discussions regarding the offender, victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech shootings. Dr. Clements has numerous publications and conference presentations regarding stress, trauma, violence and aggression, coping after violent death and exposure to interpersonal violence and crime. Dr. Clements is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse (APRN, BC) with national board certification as a Specialist in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Nursing. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychiatric Forensic Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania.

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Soraya Seedat, MBChB, FC Psych (SA), MMED (Psych), PhD

Soraya Seedat is the Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry (Faculty of Health Sciences) at Stellenbosch University (Cape Town, South Africa) and holds the South African Research Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation. In addition, she co-directs the Medical Research Council Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders. She has extensive research experience in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, with a special interest in clinical and translational work in childhood and adult posttraumatic stress disorder. She has been the recipient of several awards including a World Federation of the Society of Biological Psychiatry Fellowship, a Lundbeck Institute Fellowship Award in Psychiatry, an MRC mid-career award, and an Anxiety Disorders Association of America Career Development Award. She has co-authored more than 180 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and a member of the editorial board of the journal AIDS Research and Treatment and the African Journal of Psychiatry.

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