“It is refreshing to see a book such as this which is both broad in its conceptualization of the field of child research and deep in its focus. The volume's editors are paragons of awareness when it comes to the need for interdisciplinary research and theory to illuminate the lives and experience of children.”

James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

“Covers a satisfying and unprecedentedly wide range of research relating to childhood. The contributors include many eminent international scholars of childhood, making the book a valuable resource for child researchers. Child advocates will also find the book to be invaluable in their efforts to improve children's well-being, and to change policies and practices for the better.”

Anne Smith, University of Otago

“A really scintillating collection that will provide a lasting perspective on child studies - stimulating and comprehensive!”

Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York

In keeping with global changes in children's social and legal status, this Handbook includes examination of children as family members, friends, learners, consumers, people of faith, and participants in law and politics. The contributors also discuss the methodological and ethical requirements for research that occurs in natural settings and that enables children themselves to describe their perspective.

The book is divided into three parts: Part I: Setting-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part II: Population-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part III: Methods in Research on Children and Childhood

Child Maltreatment and Bullying

Child Maltreatment and Bullying

Child maltreatment and bullying
Gail S.Goodman
Ingrid M.Cordon


The violation of children's rights to personal security is a serious problem throughout the world. All too many children suffer abuse, neglect, and torment at the hands of their parents, caregivers, various authority figures, and even their peers. In this chapter, we explore what is known about child maltreatment not only through research, but also through children's experiences and voices. We examine various forms of maltreatment, focusing on the traditional categories of child abuse and neglect. However, we also include discussion of less traditional forms, specifically bullying and malevolence at the peer-to-peer level. In the process, we review research on the prevalence, seriousness, and discovery of child maltreatment. We also discuss the evolution of public awareness ...

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