An Encyclopedia of Causes, Consequences, and Treatments
by Rosemarie Skaine, Editor
April 2015, 330pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-514-5
$98, £73, 82€, A140
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Abuse occurs in many forms in ways that affect millions of people every day.

This timely volume shows how abuse impacts every segment of society—and how society is seeking effective ways to respond.

Abuse, a key theme of health education curricula, is also a major issue faced by many segments of society. Intended for high school students as well as undergraduates and the general reader, this comprehensive encyclopedia explores abuse in all its forms—physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal—among a variety of age and demographic groups from children to the elderly to the disabled. It sheds light on causes and symptoms of abuse, examines lasting impacts, and suggests avenues for prevention and treatment.

Specific topics of concern to a secondary school audience include bullying and cyberbullying; abuse of those in same-sex relationships; and sexual abuse through rape, date rape, incest, and sexting. Elder abuse, which has become of greater concern as our society ages, is covered, as are domestic abuse, child abuse, and abduction. Through up-to-date entries by expert contributors, readers will learn about the causes and results of specific types of abuse, as well as their legal and sociological dimensions. The title will also serve as a gateway to further study—and as a resource for readers seeking help.


  • Offers an introductory essay that places the subject in context and provides a framework within which to study and understand abuse
  • Features entries from leading scholars who provide a contemporary approach to the issues
  • Covers a wide range of types of abuse, individuals and organizations affected by abuse, and people working to reduce and eliminate abuse
  • Includes summaries of laws that apply to various forms of abuse
  • Provides a "topic finder" to assist readers in locating information relative to particular types of abuse
Rosemarie Skaine, MA, has published 13 books and numerous articles. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's Suicide Warfare: Culture, the Military, and the Individual as a Weapon and Women in Combat: A Reference Handbook, as well as Paternity and American Law. She was keynote speaker on "Suicide Warfare and Violence Against Women" at the Interactive Dialogue panel "Dying to Kill: The Allure of Female Suicide Bombers," United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 57: Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls, March 2013. Her special awards include the Gustavus Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America for her outstanding work on intolerance in North America for Power and Gender: Issues in Sexual Dominance and Harassment. She is included in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who of American Women. Skaine holds a master's degree in sociology from the University of Northern Iowa.


"Abuse: an Encyclopedia of Causes, Consequences and Treatments is a reliable reference resource that can be used in public and academic libraries. It provides quick facts for a beginning psychology or sociology researcher in an academic library. Public libraries can use this encyclopedia as a resource to update or inform their community on the issue of abuse."—Reference Reviews, July 18, 2016
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