IPT Book Reviews

Title: A Practical Guide to the Evaluation of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect
Authors: Angelo Giardino, Cindy Christian, and Eileen R. Giardino
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc., 1997

Sage Publications, Inc.
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
(805) 499-0721
$85.00 (c)

The viewpoint of this 304-page book is that physical abuse of children can have long-lasting negative effects, but that children who are abused are not doomed. This hopeful stance is served well by the book's effort to describe how to evaluate physical abuse. There are numerous high-quality diagrams and color photos that assist in perceiving and identifying the injuries and sequelae from physical abuse. The discussion of neglect is cogent and acknowledges the difficulties in establishing whether there is neglect. There is a recognition of cultural factors that need to be considered when assessing possible physical abuse. The book has 17 pages of references and a useful index.

For professionals who are involved in responding to allegations or possibilities of physical abuse and neglect, this book gives a concise, clearly written, and helpful summation of procedures and techniques. It will be especially useful for professionals who are not medically trained.

Reviewed by Ralph Underwager, Institute for Psychological Therapies, Northfield, Minnesota.

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