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ERIC Number: ED300735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
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Child Advocacy: Today's Answer for Child Abuse Prevention.
McNees, Penny A.
This document examines the sociological, psychological, and biological aspects of child abuse. It provides definitions of child abuse and historical perspectives of child abuse, the juvenile court system, and child sexual abuse. The psychology of the victim and of the offender is discussed, bibliotherapy is presented as one way of helping children who are victims of abuse to acquire coping behaviors, and multiple personality is described as one response to abuse. The section on biological aspects of child abuse looks at the theory of evolution, cultural evolution, and acts of commission and omission. It discusses methods of collecting medical evidence of abuse and explains the use of the colposcope and dye in obtaining evidence. Child advocacy is explained and the role of a child advocate is described. The purpose of a child advocacy center is discussed, programs that might be initiated at such a center are suggested, and the effects a center might have on the community are considered. Guidelines for establishing a child advocacy center are given, with suggestions for the board of directors, the interdisciplinary team, the staff, and the facility itself. Cost of operations is discussed and data collection for comprehensive evaluation is explained. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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