Child Abuse and Culture Working with Diverse Families

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-18
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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This expertly written book provides an accessible framework for culturally competent practice with children and families in child maltreatment cases. Numerous workable strategies and concrete examples are presented to help readers address cultural concerns at each stage of the assessment and intervention process. Professionals and students learn new ways of thinking about their own cultural viewpoints as they gain critical skills for maximizing the accuracy of assessments for physical and sexual abuse; overcoming language barriers in parent and child interviews; respecting families' values and beliefs while ensuring children's safety; creating a welcoming agency environment; and more.

Author Biography

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, is a Core Faculty Member in Union Institute & University’s PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology. She has dedicated almost two decades to making the social service, mental health, criminal justice, and medical systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. Dr. Fontes has published widely on cultural issues in child maltreatment and violence against women, cross-cultural research, and ethics. She has worked as a family, individual, and group psychotherapist, and has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and European Americans in the United States. In 2007 she was awarded a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, which she completed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Fontes is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator. 

Table of Contents

Multicultural Orientation to Child Maltreatment Workp. 1
Orienting Conceptsp. 2
Ecosystemic Frameworkp. 2
Treating Clients Fairlyp. 8
Povertyp. 17
Child Maltreatmentp. 20
Working with Familiesp. 20
Research and Clinical Literature on Culture and Child Maltreatmentp. 26
Concluding Thoughts: Remembering the Difficulty of the Material and the Sacredness of Our Workp. 28
Working with Immigrant Families Affected by Child Maltreatmentp. 30
Social Stressors for Immigrant Familiesp. 30
Family Life, Child Behavior, and Disciplinep. 35
Immigrants and the Child Welfare Systemp. 37
Domestic Violencep. 45
Basic U.S. Immigration Definitionsp. 47
Suggestions for Improving Cultural Competence with Immigrantsp. 48
Concluding Thoughtsp. 56
Assessing Diverse Families for Child Maltreatmentp. 58
What Constitutes a Suspicion, and What's Culture Got to Do with It?p. 60
Is It Maltreatment? Is the Child at Risk?p. 63
Once Again: How Culture Mattersp. 79
Assessment Instruments and Structured Decision Makingp. 80
Concluding Thoughtsp. 82
Interviewing Diverse Children and Families about Maltreatmentp. 83
Before the Interview or First Sessionp. 84
Building Rapport and Establishing Trustp. 90
During the Interviewp. 92
Closure and Preparation for the Next Stepsp. 106
Concluding Thoughtsp. 107
Physical Discipline and Abusep. 108
Research on Group Differencesp. 110
Corporal Punishment and Physical Abusep. 112
Culture in Discipline and Abusep. 116
Child-Raising Normsp. 118
Intervening with Families Who Use Harsh Corporal Punishmentp. 121
Supporting Nonviolent Parentingp. 129
Prevention Programmingp. 131
Concluding Thoughtsp. 133
Child Sexual Abusep. 135
Shame in Child Sexual Abusep. 136
Cultural Aspects of Shame in Child Sexual Abusep. 139
Counteracting Shamep. 156
Concluding Thoughtsp. 158
Working with Interpreters in Child Maltreatmentp. 159
When to Use an Interpreterp. 161
Finding an Interpreterp. 161
Informal Interpretersp. 163
Preparing Interpretersp. 165
Cultural Asides and Other Reasons to Pause an Interviewp. 168
The Interpreter's Rolep. 169
The Interpreted Conversationp. 170
The Emotional Cost of Interpreting in Child Abuse Situationsp. 173
Concluding Thoughtsp. 174
Child Maltreatment Prevention and Parent Educationp. 176
Child Maltreatment Preventionp. 177
The Parents' Best Interestsp. 187
Addressing Physical Abuse: Parent Groups and Classesp. 188
Concluding Thoughtsp. 198
Improving the Cultural Competency of Your Child Maltreatment Agency or Organizationp. 200
Why Should Agencies Change?p. 201
Concluding Thoughtsp. 212
A Final Wishp. 215
Referencesp. 217
Indexp. 231
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