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The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.

How Do I Determine Whether a Child Has Been Psychologically Maltreated?
How do I determine whether a child has been psychologically maltreated?
Marla R.Brassard and StuartHart
Assessment of Psychological Maltreatment

Psychological maltreatment is identified through observations and reports of caregiver behavior. Knowledge of the forms of psychological maltreatment described in Chapter 6 (this volume) and their embodiment in state or provincial law provide guidance in identifying psychologically abusive caregiver behaviors (see Table 6.1).

Caregiver Behavior

If possible, a professional should observe the caregiver suspected of psychological maltreatment and child interacting. Observations should be done on several occasions to obtain a representative sample of caregiver-child behavior and to detect chronic behavioral patterns. Psychologically maltreating parents may be continually critical and derogatory, threaten to abandon their child (e.g., “Do that once more ...

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