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The battered child syndrome : changes in the law and child advocacy

Bross, Donald C. & Mathews, Benjamin P. (2013) The battered child syndrome : changes in the law and child advocacy. In Krugman , Richard D. & Korbin , Jill E. (Eds.) C. Henry Kempe: A 50 Year Legacy to the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect. Springer Science and Business Media, Dordrecht, pp. 39-50.

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Abstract

In 1962, Dr C. Henry Kempe and his colleagues published the single most important article written to date about child maltreatment: The Battered-Child Syndrome. This chapter analyses the threefold nature of what these authors achieved: clearly identifing the medical evidence of severe child physical abuse and naming it as a syndrome; identifying the medical profession's resistance to its identification; and then translating their scholarship into advocacy for social and legal change. The chapter also traces some of the effects of Kempe's work, including the nature and effect of the subsequent introduction of mandatory reporting laws in the USA and internationally.

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ID Code: 54815
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: E-book ISBN 978-94-007-4084-6.
Keywords: The Battered Child Syndrome, Chlid abuse and neglect, Mandatory reporting laws, Child physical abuse, Henry Kempe, Decline in child abuse
ISBN: 9789400740839
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified (169999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Family Law (180113)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900) > Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified (189999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer Science and Business Media
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2012 10:09
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2013 14:53

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