Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment, Second Edition updates its comprehensive coverage of child sexual abuse definitions and indicators, interview and questioning techniques, and diagnosis guidelines to include an insightful response to the building social backlash against the so-called "child abuse industry." Distinguished scholar and experienced practitioner Kathleen Coulborn Faller applies twenty-five years of clinical experience and state-of-the-art research to offer authoritative guidance to both novice and experience practitioners.

Sexual Abuse in Family Foster Care

Sexual abuse in family foster care

Family foster care used to be regarded as a living arrangement of unmitigated superiority for children who had been maltreated by their parents and, at one time, even as a better alternative than living with a biological family without financial resources (Kadushin, 1980; Kline & Overstreet, 1972). Times have changed, and child welfare and mental health professionals are now concerned with structural aspects of foster care that can have potentially detrimental effects on children (e.g., Barth, Courtney, Berrick, & Albert, 1994; Fahlberg, 1997; Gil, 1982; Kadushin & Martin, 1988). First, the child's attachment capability can be damaged as a consequence of separation from parents and, later, as a result of removal from foster parents ...

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