This comprehensive, practical resource provides specific strategies for counsellors working with boys and male adolescents from different cultural backgrounds. The first part examines how psychological, career and athletic development of boys is shaped by a complex interaction of biological, social, cultural and economic forces. TheSecond Part covers cultural considerations when counselling particular North American client groups, such as Hispanic-Americans. The final part focuses on special populations such as gay, sexually abused and developmentally disabled boys.
Chapter 12: Abused Boys and Adolescents: Out of the Shadows
Abused Boys and Adolescents: Out of the Shadows
Prevalence of the Abuse of Boys
In 1955, S. K. Weinberg completed a study reporting that there were only one or two cases of child abuse per million children in the United States of America (Weinberg, 1955). In 1994, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) counted 2.9 million reported cases of child maltreatment in 48 states, and 1,011,628 of those cases were substantiated. Male children accounted for 46% of those cases (NCCAN, 1996), or more than 465,000 boys. Although these higher numbers certainly reflect an increased awareness and reporting of child abuse in the United States, the number of reported cases and an ever increasing population suggest a ...