Child Abuse and Neglect Worldwide

by Jon R. Conte, Editor


An estimated 1,750 children in the U.S. alone die from abuse or neglect each year.

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March 2014


Pages 822
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General

In this comprehensive three-volume set, experts from around the globe provide an understanding of child abuse knowledge and healing, detailing current therapeutic practices and policy issues.

This riveting three-volume set examines classic, current, and emerging research on child neglect and abuse in countries all over the world, covering regions that include Africa, Asia, the Arab world, Latin America, Europe, and our own backyards and bedrooms in North America. The entries put maltreatment of children in the global spotlight and explain the prevalence, incidence, and risk factors for children in each setting, addressing the laws, social and cultural perceptions, and differences regarding child abuse and neglect worldwide. The chapters provide a glimpse into the historical and cultural context of abuse in regions of the world and identify the most ineffective as well as the most protective or promising responses to child maltreatment worldwide. Professionals from entry level to expert will find materials that will expand their understanding and practice with, and on behalf of, abused children and the adults in their lives.


  • Provides a global perspective on child abuse comprised of contributions from distinguished multidisciplinary authors who include many of the best-known researchers and therapists in the field
  • Covers important topics ranging from Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) to non-Western approaches to treatment of child trauma
  • Examines the emergence of child maltreatment as a focused interest in different historical, cultural, and national contexts within regional chapters, while also providing readers with an understanding of professional responses to child maltreatment in a broad context
  • Examines child maltreatment incidence today in the United States, Canada, Europe, Spanish-speaking countries, Arab nations, and Asia
Author Info

Jon R. Conte, PhD, is professor at the School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He is the founding president and lifetime emeritus board member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and a councilor with the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Entering his fourth decade of work in child abuse, Conte is an editor, lecturer, therapist, and forensic expert concerned with child abuse and trauma.

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