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Introduction to the Special Issue: Munchausen by Proxy: Abusive by Pediatric Condition Falsification, Caregiver-Fabricated Illness in a Children, or Medical Child Abuse Due to Factious Disorder Imposed on Another
Munchausen by Proxy: Clinical and Case Management Guidance
Diagnostic Aid to Identify Simulation and/or Induction: Abuse by Pediatric Condition Falsification/Caregiver-Fabricated Illness in a Child/Medical Child Abuse
Investigation of Medical Child Abuse/Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another
Munchausen by Proxy in Educational and Mental Health Settings
Munchausen by Proxy: Risk Assessment, Support, and Treatment of Spouses and Other Family Caregivers
Child Protective Services Management of Cases of Suspected Child Abuse/Neglect Due to Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another
The Influence of Electronic and Internet Advances on Munchausen by Proxy
Seeking a Bridge Between Child Sexual Abuse and Parental Alienation Experts | Madelyn Simring Milchman
Parental Alienation Syndrome/Parental Alienation Disorder (PAS/PAD): A Critique of a 'Disorder' Frequenly Used to Discount Allegations of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse in Child Custody Cases | Robert Geffner and Aileen Herlinda Sandoval
Can There Be a Bridge Between Interpersonal Vilence/Abuse and Parental Alienation Proponents: A Response to Milchman | Aileen Herlinda Sandoval and Robert Geffner
Is a Critique of Parental Alienation Syndrome/Parental Alienation Disorder (PAS/PAD) Timely? A Response to Geffner and Sandoval.
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The purpose of APSAC's Monograph Series is to provide in-depth treatment to important topics within the field of child maltreatment. The inaugural APSAC Monograph on Psychological Maltreatment (PM) includes:
Context, definitions, and forms of PM;
Risk factors for PM;
Assessment, intervention, and prevention of PM;
Future directions for child rights and overall child well-being as they relate to PM;
And much more.â€‹
This monograph is available to all regardless of APSAC membership status. Please note that this is a living document, and any future version will replace all previous versions.
The purpose of these Guidelines, developed by an APSAC Task Force, is to give a broad overview of the current understanding of child neglect, using an evidence-based approach, to focus on the impact of neglect on children and the multidisciplinary approach to child neglect evaluations. Specific discussion of intervention strategies is beyond the scope of this work. Published in 2008.
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Task Force report on the evidence-based service planning (EBSP) approach to child welfare services (CWS) plans and recommendations for practice. The focus of the policy report is on formal psychosocial services. CWS plans prescribe services to promote core child welfare objectives and to benefit children and families. The goal of EBSP is to construct service plans based on the general principles of evidence-based practice and prefer services with empirical support for clinical problems or needs associated with the causes or consequences of child abuse and neglect (CAN). EBSP aims to facilitate to overarching service approach that is collaborative, respectful, and includes services that are most likely to lead to outcomes on both family identified and child welfare mission goals. EBSP emphasizes a focused, assessment-driven, and science-informed approach that both favors plans that are sufficient and avoids overburdening families with compulsory services that address problems which are not directly related to the child welfare CAN referral. Published 2014.
Forensic interviewing of suspected child abuse victims is a specialized skill. It is investigative in nature and used to obtain information to help determine whether abuse has occurred. Forensic interviews are most often conducted by specially trained child forensic interviewers, law enforcement investigators, and child protective service workers. These interviews can provide critical evidence for both criminal child abuse investigations, and civil child protection proceedings. Information from the interviews may also identify other victims, assist professionals responsible for assessing risk and safety needs of children and families, and facilitate case management decisions. Because children are often a key source of information about alleged abuse (especially child sexual abuse), it is critical that these interviews be done competently. These Guidelines are an update of the 2002 APSAC Practice Guidelines on “Investigative Interviewing in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse.” They reflect current knowledge about best practices related to forensic interviews and should be considered in conjunction with the 2011 APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment – Third Edition (see especially Chapter 20, “Interviewing Children” by Saywitz, Lyon & Goodman). Published 2012.
Preventing maltreatment spares children pain and suffering, both physical and psychological, and improves their long-term health and developmental outcomes. The serious physical and mental harms manifested during adulthood further call us to action (Anda et al., 2002). Prevention mitigates the direct costs of child abuse and neglect, as well as improving all of our lives through increased productivity and decreased crime and need for medical, mental health and social services (Alexander et al., 2003). Prevent Child Abuse America (Wang & Holton, 2008) used "conservative" estimates to calculate these direct and indirect costs at $103.8 billion in 2007. Early prevention may be even more effective in preventing harm from abuse and neglect, saving money for society, and improving society's health and happiness overall, with the included objective of leveraging current practices and programs to change how society values children (Greeley, 2009). These guidelines are designed to assist the professional in going beyond reporting by integrating best practices for child maltreatment prevention activities into their daily work with children and families. Published in 2010.
Clinicians should consider the possibility of MBP in children with highly unusual clinical presentations, when clinical findings are unexpectedly inconsistent with the reports of the caregiver, and/or when a child’s response to standard treatments is surprising. One major misconception among clinicians is the idea that underlying disorders need to be ruled out in order for a conclusion of abuse or neglect to be made. In fact, children with genuine underlying medical, psychological or developmental problems are often the targets of this form of abuse and neglect. Victims may be directly harmed by the abuser’s induction behaviors, frequently undergo unnecessary and invasive evaluations and interventions, be kept out of appropriate school settings, miss social and developmental opportunities, and/or misperceive themselves to be excessively ill or disabled. Iatrogenic medical conditions may arise from unnecessary interventions and the child may become ill and/or permanently physically and/or mentally harmed as a result of well-intended diagnostic and treatment efforts. Any medical condition can be created, falsified or exaggerated. Additionally, falsified symptoms may be behavioral, psychiatric or educational. These guidelines provide education on terminology, warning signs and identification, assessment of abuse and psychopathology, reporting requirements, case management, treatment, and reunification. They are intended to provide guidance to medical providers, mandated reporters, child protective service workers, law enforcement, attorneys, therapists, and any professionals who may be involved with reporting, assessing and treating children impacted by MBP as well as their abusive caregiver(s). Published 2017.
Produced by the APSAC Task Force on the Psychosocial Evaluation of Suspected Sexual Abuse in Children, chaired by Lucy Berliner, MSW. Second edition published in June, 1997. Topics covered include characteristics of the evaluator, components of the evaluation, interviewing procedure, the interview, and the report. Published in 1997.
The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is a major public health problem in the United States and worldwide. Although the true prevalence of CSEC is unknown, it has been estimated that approximately 244,000 U.S. children are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation each year (Estes & Weiner, 2002). In a recent study, Edwards and colleagues found that, among a nationally representative sample of more than 13,000 U.S. adolescents, 3.5% admitted to exchanging sex for money or drugs (Edwards, Iritani, & Hallfors, 2006). Many CSEC victims will present for medical care at some point during their period of exploitation, often for treatment of acute conditions. These guidelines provide medical professionals with an overview regarding the current understanding of the commercial sexual exploitation of children. They focus on the epidemiology of CSEC, the impact of exploitation on victim physical and mental health, and the role of the medical provider in identifying victims, assessing their needs and securing appropriate services. The guidelines primarily address the needs of victims of prostitution and other sexually oriented work (for example, exotic dancing) and sex tourism; the needs of victims of pornography are described in detail elsewhere (Cooper, 2005). Published 2013.
These guidelines were written to provide front-line child protection workers with the information and tools to understand what psychological maltreatment (PM) is, to detect it in all its forms, to understand how it relates to other types of maltreatment, and to determine the nature and degree of its existence. They can also provide guidance to child welfare agencies and family or criminal courts for cases where PM may be an issue. Published 2017; revised 2019.
Produced by the APSAC Task Force on the Use of Anatomical Dolls in Child Sexual Abuse Assessments, chaired by Mark D. Everson, PhD and John E. B. Myers, JD. In addition to a summary of research findings, how to interpret behavior with dolls, the efficacy of anatomical dolls, and inappropriate uses are covered. Published in 1995.
Parents play a critical role in ensuring the sexual health and safety of their children. Professionals working in child maltreatment are in a unique position to support parents to fulfill this role, and Dr. Rosenzweig’s books are written to help you do just that. Chapters focus on anatomy, physiology, psychosexual development, family and community influences, communications skills, and more. Material is illustrated with cases from Dr. Rosenzweig’s experience and are made real through stories from participants in focus groups. This book includes resource material suitable to use in parenting groups including medical illustrations formatted for copying, questionnaires and checklists. The entire price of each book is donated to APSAC.
Appropriate for undergraduate text. Educators may sent a request for a desk copy from a .edu email account to JFRosenzweig@apsac.org
STM Books on Child Maltreatment
STM Learning, Inc. is offering to help support APSAC by providing APSAC a generous commission on any STM books sold through the APSAC website. Many of these books are authored by APSAC members and leaders. APSAC is selling these books on behalf of STM.
The third edition of Child Abuse Quick Reference features new and updated recommendations for the investigation, treatment, and prevention of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect in children. A team of contributors representing the fields of medicine, law enforcement, and social work fully revised this latest edition to include the most up-to-date best practices in response to child maltreatment. This pocket-sized, easy-to-use quick reference volume will prove invaluable to multidisciplinary professionals who work with abused children.
Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, Volume 2: Evaluation of Children and Adults, part of a 3-volume set of sexual assault references, directs attention to specific age groups within infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. The text addresses each group's particular needs when identifying sexual assault.
Abusive Head Trauma Quick Reference is a pocket-sized field guide for investigators, clinicians, and other involved professionals to identify abusive head trauma. Full-color clinical photography and comprehensive information combine to make a compact guide perfect for pediatricians, ER staff, nurses, medical examiners, and more.
Building on the first two assessment books in our forensic learning series on sexual assault, Advanced-Level Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault Assessment offers the final step of education for forensic nurse examiners in any stage of their career.
STM Learning’s SANE/SAFE Forensic Learning Series: Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault Assessment is designed to challenge the critical thinking skills of sexual assault examiners responsible for identifying injuries, collecting evidence, and treating patients reporting a history of sexual assault or abuse.
The Entry-Level Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault Assessment is designed to give novice and experienced sexual assault examiners the opportunity to learn, apply, and demonstrate competency in sexual assault evaluations of adolescents and adults.
The next step in our self-assessment books on sexual assault, Intermediate-Level Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault Assessment provides more intricate and situation-specific case studies to educate nurse examiners, beginning and experienced.
The new and updated second edition of Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault Assessment guides readers through 15 sets of self-directed exercises in the forensic evaluation of sexual assault. These exercises challenge readers to identify assault-related injuries and to recommend a unique plan of action for evidence collection and follow-up care for all 15 case histories.
The fourth edition of the landmark reference Child Maltreatmentâ€•now titled Chadwick’s Child Maltreatmentâ€•offers a comprehensive view of the signs and aftermath of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and psychological maltreatment. Written by top medical professionals especially for a multidisciplinary approach, this two-volume set is a necessary element to complete any medical, legal, and social services resource collection.
The first volume in the fourth edition of Chadwick’s Child Maltreatment provides an overview of the signs and effects of physical abuse and neglect toward children. The clinical text includes essential information for professionals who work to identify, treat, and prevent child physical abuse and neglect.
Volume two in the fourth edition of Chadwick’s Child Maltreatment series provides an overview of the signs and effects of sexual abuse and psychological maltreatment toward children. The clinical text includes new and revised content on topics that are critical to the effective assessment and treatment of sexually and psychologically abused victims.
Volume three of Chadwick’s Child Maltreatment provides an overview of topics ranging from the risks of the Internet, family abduction, the legal and forensic aspects of child maltreatment cases, and the roles of physicians, nurses, social workers, and multidisciplinary teams.
Including over 600 full-color images, Child Abuse Pocket Atlas Volume 1: Skin Injuries is an extensive guide for professionals to recognize and distinguish the different skin injuries, specifically bruises and burns. This pocket atlas is the first of an ongoing series.
For professionals who respond to cases of child sexual abuse, Child Abuse Pocket Atlas Volume 2: Sexual Abuse will serve as a valuable guide in the field with over 400 images with case studies relevant to the examination and diagnosis.
Featuring a variety of head injury examples for first responders and medical practitioners, Child Abuse Pocket Atlas Volume 3: Head Injuries is the third volume of a new, ongoing series on child maltreatment. Over 600 images aid professionals in diagnosing head injuries.
To best prepare the multidisciplinary investigative team, Child Abuse Pocket Atlas Volume 4: Investigation, Documentation, and Radiology presents nearly 500 images which focus on crime scenes, investigation, and examinations specifically for child maltreatment.
Child Abuse Pocket Atlas Volume 5: Child Fatality and Neglect is intended for professionals seeking a hand-held reference with case studies and almost 500 forensic images to aid in the process of identifying and differentiating abusive and non-abusive child death.
Case studies illustrate abusive and accidental forms of death, including neglect, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), suicide, burning, drowning, genetic diseases, natural causes, and shaken baby syndrome. Child Fatality Review is a vital tool for all members of a child fatality review team, and can serve as a guide for anyone trying to form a team.
The only quick reference of its kind, the Child Fatality Review Quick Reference is the ideal field guide for improving child fatality reviews and aiding child fatality review teams (CFRTs). The multi-disciplinary nature of this book is ideal for educating everyone involved in the child fatality review process.
The expanded third edition of Child Maltreatment: A Clinical Guide and Reference features updated guidelines for the investigation, diagnosis, and prosecution of child abuse. A team of expert practitioners and researchers designed this exhaustive reference for their colleagues in pediatric medicine, law, law enforcement, social work, and in every branch of the multidisciplinary team to better prepare them for an effective response to child maltreatment in all its forms.
As a timely and expansive edition, the Clinical Guide has been revised and expanded to 1,000 pages and 43 chapters, addressing every possible facet of child maltreatment to facilitate a multidisciplinary approach to child abuse and neglect issues. To better help identify child abuse, the Photographic Reference has been updated with 850 new images, providing thorough documentation of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and crime scene investigation.
With over 1600 full-color photographs and case studies, Child Maltreatment: A Comprehensive Photographic Reference provides detailed visual context for the identification of abusive injury in children. It includes, among a variety of subjects, case studies and photographs of abusive skin injuries, head injuries, neglect, and findings suggestive of sexual abuse. Professionals working with abused children will benefit from a photographic reference for the identification of child abuse.
Keeping children safe can be a more daunting task now than ever, and as the child ages concerns for their safety only evolve. As parents, teachers, and caregivers, it can be difficult to know how to react to the dangers of modern society, from the safety risks of the internet to terrorism. Child Safety is a complete resource for caregivers. Written by expert pediatricians, this book provides a simple-to-follow guide to handling many child safety issues.
Child Sexual Abuse Assessment, the latest addition to STM Learning’s SANE/SAFE Forensic Learning Series, presents medical practitioners and other child abuse professionals with 16 case histories and accompanying evaluative exercises to refine their skills in injury identification, evidence collection, and treatment in cases of child sexual abuse.
Child Sexual Abuse: Entry-Level Training for the Mandated Reporter is a self-directed educational guide for professionals required by law to report any instances of suspected child abuse. This book is designed for fast and simple training of mandated reporters at every degree of education and professional expertise. Readers will benefit from clear and concise definitions of child abuse, common characteristics of victims and offenders, clearly delineated guides to identifying their local mandated reporting statutes, and a brief outline of various prevention models.
Medical, Legal, and Social Science Aspects of Child Sexual Exploitation: A Comprehensive Review of Pornography, Prostitution, and Internet Crimes is intended for professionals who work with children and families. Information on how perpetrators of child sexual exploitation crimes operate, as well as guidelines for successful prosecution and strategies for prevention, will empower those who seek to keep children safe.
This pocket-sized field guide compiles key points from our hard bound complete edition of Child Sexual Exploitation for accessibility and simplicity. It encompasses the entire legal, social, and medical process of treating child sexual exploitation, explaining how predators work and how to prevent exploitation from occurring.
Learn how to keep children safe and provide victims of child abuse with the help that they need. This pediatric guide for parents and teachers is easy to follow, affordable, and can help anyone respond to child abuse in a healthy, constructive manner that will help children on their way to recovery.
Intimate Partner Violence is an extended resource for medical, legal, and social services professionals that can also benefit families and any individual faced with the issue of domestic violence. Using mostly non-technical language, this guide can be read quickly and thoroughly by anyone to help identify and end intimate partner violence.
With the intent to instruct beginning and experienced medical professionals, Manual Nonfatal Strangulation Assessment for Health Care Providers and First Responders includes strangulation case studies with images to help identify strangulation and allow nurses to better care for strangulation patients.
Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault, Second Edition features the most contemporary evidence-based research on diagnosis, examination, and treatment in cases of sexual violence. This text offers updated information on the path to physical and psychological recovery and in navigating the many processes related to their traumatic experiences.
Medical Response to Child Sexual Abuse, Second Edition is developed to provide nurses, physicians, and other medical professionals with the necessary tools to identify cases of child sexual abuse. The text is updated to reflect the most contemporary practices for the pediatric approach to child sexual abuse and for effectively examining and treating sexually abuse patients.
Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment is a thorough examination of current knowledge on the way child abuse and neglect can affect a child’s mental and emotional development. The multidisciplinary approach to addressing these issues offers a well-rounded and comprehensive perspective on the topic.
Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment is a guide for medical professionals to identify all physical abuse, sexual abuse, and maltreatment of children. The book provides procedural guidelines, treatment plans, and quick-reference flowcharts and checklists to make the medical approach to child maltreatment as simple and efficient as possible.
Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Pocket Atlas Volume 1: Traumatic Injuries, the first part of a 2-volume set, goes in-depth to present a wide variety of different pediatric head injuries. Supplemented with more than 150 images, this guide will prepare medical, law, and social work professionals for any situation involving head trauma.
To help medical and legal professionals differentiate between abusive head trauma and other head injuries, Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Pocket Atlas Volume 2: Medical Mimics includes an extensive list of diagnoses that may be mistaken as abuse. This pocket atlas is the second volume in a 2-volume set.
With over 500 images, Physical Examinations of Sexual Assault Pocket Atlas, Volume 1: Assault Histories is the first of a 2-volume set of forensic pocket atlases. This book is an essential, visual guide to fully understand common and uncommon cases of sexual assault. For medical and law professionals, this guide will help quickly and accurately identify sexual assault.
Physical Examinations of Sexual Assault Pocket Atlas, Volume 2: Nonassault Variants and Normal Findings will help professionals involved in the investigation team discern the subtle differences between assault and nonassaultive findings with over 500 images as a visual aid. This pocket atlas is the second volume in a 2-volume set.
Written by experts from multiple disciplines, the 4th edition of this widely acclaimed practical reference helps professionals fulfill their legal and ethical responsibilities to report child abuse with a high level of confidence and effectiveness.
The first volume of Research and Practices in Child Maltreatment Prevention provides an overview of the many varieties of child abuse encountered by frontline care providers. Readers will also enjoy the benefit of up-to-date models for the organized, multidisciplinary prevention of child maltreatment.
The second volume of Research and Practices in Child Maltreatment Prevention addresses the contributions of commercial, nonprofit, and governmental organizations to the prevention of child abuse. This includes detailed outlines of preventive frameworks employed and recommended by such organizations, both domestic and from abroad.
Sexual Assault Quick Reference highlights specialized evaluative practices, common post assault findings, standards of documentation, and appropriate avenues for reporting cases of sexual assault to support the diagnosis, treatment, and prosecution of every variety of sexual violence.
Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span: A Clinical Guide is a comprehensive reference for professionals who work with victims of sexual assault - featuring in-depth research on the investigation, diagnosis, and response to sexual violence against children and infants, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Written by expert practitioners in medicine, law, law enforcement, and social work; this exhaustive clinical guide details best practices for the approach to sexual assault in victims of every age.
Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span: A Color Atlas supports accurate identification of assaultive and nonassaultive injuries in patients in every age group. Featuring more than 1700 full-color photographs and case studies, this atlas provides a comprehensive visual guide to physical examinations and findings in cases of suspected sexual assault. It is an essential reference for medical practitioners, law enforcement professionals, and any other members of the multidisciplinary team charged with the identification of sexual victimization.
Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, Second Edition comprises 3 volumes of the most up-to-date information on sexual assault investigation, medical response, and prosecution. Each volume addresses a unique perspective on sexual assault, including the role of the multidisciplinary team, care for specific age groups, and the needs of special victim populations.
The final book in the 3-volume set of sexual assault references, Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, Volume 3: Special Settings and Survivor Populations concentrates on survivors in uncommon settings, such as academic institutions, the military, and care facilities.
The first of a 3-volume set of sexual assault references, Sexual Assault Across the Life Span, Volume 1: Investigation, Diagnosis, and the Multidisciplinary Team is a complete investigative and diagnostic guide for anyone who is involved in the investigation of sexual assault including first responders, medical and law professionals, and social service professionals.
Sexual Assault: Victimization Across the Life Span is the essential desk reference for anyone treating or investigating sexual assault. New research, case studies, and full-color photos aid in the evaluation, care, and follow-up treatment of sexual assault victims. With more than 1,800 images, this product is the most complete reference available.
Dr. David Chadwick introduces us to the doctors who defined the level of child abuse recognition, reporting, and treatment that we use today and describes the strides made and the years of progress in the field of child abuse.
Written by expert clinical service and research specialists, Violence Against Women is a comprehensive guide for legal, medical, and social services professionals on the signs and effects of intimate partner violence. Though the title focuses on crimes against women, the scope of its information includes the effects of intimate partner violence (IPV) on men, children, and adolescents as well.