Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment

Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment is a thorough examination of current knowledge on the way child abuse and neglect can affect a child’s mental and emotional development. The multidisciplinary approach to addressing these issues offers a well-rounded and comprehensive perspective on the topic.

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Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment

Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment offers a wealth of contemporary knowledge on the complex manifestations of developmental trauma and child maltreatment. Examining these issues from a multidisciplinary viewpoint, this text informs readers on the causes and consequences of childhood trauma, providing insight into the frequently confusing clinical manifestations of trauma in children.

This book represents current findings in trends and issues related to the emotional, behavioral, cognitive, social, and physical health consequences of childhood trauma. It also examines crucial topics for health care providers, including assessment practices, ethical considerations, neurobiology, neuroimaging, human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and adolescent perpetrators of sexual violence.

Features & Benefits:

  • Includes intervention strategies for a variety of settings
  • Ideal for multidisciplinary use
  • Provides a wealth of research for seasoned professionals and students alike
Product Details:

Perfect Bound 11×7 inches
704 pages, 12 images, with 62 contributors


Pediatric Psychologists and Psychiatrists, Developmental Psychologists, Family Therapists, Neurologists, Developmental Neuroscientists, Pediatricians, Pediatric Nurses, Social Workers, Child Protection Professionals, School Counselors, Victim Advocates, Child Advocates, College and Medical Library Administrators

Publication date:

January 2015


978-1-878060-18-1 (Print)
978-1-936590-39-1 (eBook)

Table of Contents

1. Child Abuse and the Emergence of the Diagnosis of Developmental Trauma
2. Neurodevelopmental Impact of Child Maltreatment
3. Neuroimaging Aspects of Childhood Maltreatment
4. Neurobiology of Child Maltreatment
5. Clinical Manifestations of Trauma
6. Intrafamilial Violence
7. The Societal Causes of Violence
8. When the Big Bad Wolf is Real: The Clinical Implications of the Trafficking of Children
9. Children of Uxoricide
10. The Clinical Application of Attunement and Tacit Knowing in Women at Risk for Hurting Their Children
11. Adverse Childhood Experiences and Developmental Sequelae
12. Family, Community, and Cultural Factors in Child Maltreatment
13. Resilience in the Context of Childhood Maltreatment
14. Infancy
15. Clinical Presentations of Maltreated Preschool-Aged Children
16. Presentation and Clinical Assessment of Child Maltreatment in the School Setting
17. Adolescents Who Commit Sexual Offenses
18. Child Maltreatment to Juvenile Delinquency Pathway
19. Systemic Perspectives of School-Aged Children’s Exposure to Violence and Maltreatment
20. Ethical Issues When Working with Abused Children
21. Assessing Childhood Traumatic Reactions: The Variables that Influence Reactions and Methods of Assessment
22. Specialized Clinical Interviewing
23. Evidence-Based Practice in Child Maltreatment
24. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
25. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Applications for Child Maltreatment
26. Psychopharmacological Interventions for Childhood Maltreatment
27. A School-Based Perspective on Children in Crisis
28. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Prevention of Childhood Maltreatment
29. Future Directions

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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Elisabeth N. Gibbings, PsyD

Elisabeth Gibbings has served as Director of Admissions and Practicum Training at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology for over 15 years. An associate professor, she teaches graduate courses in psychological assessment. Dr. Gibbings earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1989 while simultaneously completing a school psychology specialization at Bryn Mawr College. As part of her doctoral training at Hahnemann, Dr. Gibbings completed internship rotations at Albert Einstein Medical Center and the Peberdy Clinic at Abington Memorial Hospital. Following graduation, she provided outpatient child and family serves at Crozer Chester Medical Center. From there, she moved to the Rockford Center, a free standing psychiatric hospital in Delaware, where she eventually held the position of Clinical Director. Dr. Gibbings is both a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist. In addition to her work at the university, she has a private practice focused on assessment.

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Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment is an invaluable resource that offers the depth and breadth necessary to conceptualize the complexity of mental health issues surrounding child maltreatment. The text addresses the evolving science of neurobiological development of trauma in infancy; clinical manifestations of neurodevelopmental trauma; assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental trauma; multifactor interventions; and prevention strategies at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Key points offered in every chapter directly compliment the richly detailed text. The authors evoke the complexity of accurately identifying and diagnosing child maltreatment and demonstrate how this difficulty may translate in a court of law. Finally, the text provides strategies and research priorities needed to address the science evolving around mental health sequelae of child maltreatment. This book should be read by any professional who wants to provide responsible child maltreatment services in primary care, community-based care, or within a forensic setting.

Stacy A. Drake, PhD, MPH, RN, AFN-BC, D-ABMDI
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, TX

Child maltreatment is intrinsically complex, with many covert dynamics and serious consequences. Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment is an informative guide to relevant statistics, useful theories, and practical ideas for implementation by all those working in the child trauma and mental health fields. It unravels some of the interwoven ethical dilemmas in the field; explores working with both child victims and maltreatment offenders; and locates etiology, interviewing, and treatment within familial and societal contexts. This imperative resource gives one hope to engage in a positive manner within a daunting field.

Edith Kriel
Social Worker and Play Therapist
Executive Director
Jelly Beanz, Inc.
Cape Town, South Africa

Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment is a comprehensive review of the prevalence and clinical presentation of and various treatment approaches to this troubling issue. It provides both seasoned mental health professionals and students with substantial research data and clinical strategies suitable for clinical and school settings. Most importantly, this book highlights the role frequently played by child maltreatment in the formation of symptoms commonly encountered in clinical practice.

Harris Finkelstein, PhD
Concord Behavioral Health, Inc.
Wilmington, DE

Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment is a comprehensive and well-researched volume that examines the causes, effects, and clinical presentations of and treatments for child maltreatment. The book presents, in eight logically organized and easy-to-follow sections, current research regarding the neurobiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of the many ways children are affected by exposure to violence, traumatic events, and physical or sexual abuse. Detection and prevention of child maltreatment are explored in detail, providing extremely valuable guidance for all adults involved in caring for, educating, and clinically treating children. The chapters regarding developmental and psychological disturbances arising from maltreatment are thorough and clear, and clinicians seeking to understand and treat traumatized children will likely return to them repeatedly as questions arise during their work. Educators, child care personnel, physicians, and mental health clinicians will find Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment an invaluable resource for working with children, adolescents, parents, and adults who have experienced childhood trauma.

George Brock Roben, MD
Crozer-Chester Medical Center
Swarthmore, PA

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