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A Practical Guide to the Evaluation of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect

  • Angelo P. Giardino
  • Michelle A. Lyn
  • Eileen R. Giardino

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Child Abuse as a Health Problem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Angelo P. Giardino, Michelle A. Lyn, Eileen R. Giardino
      Pages 3-30
    3. Rebecca G. Girardet, Angelo P. Giardino
      Pages 31-81
  3. Specific Injuries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Erin E. Endom, Angelo P. Giardino
      Pages 85-140
    3. Nancy S. Harper, Arne H. Graff
      Pages 141-206
    4. Rohit Shenoi
      Pages 207-229
    5. Erin E. Endom, Donna Mendez
      Pages 231-259
    6. Tal Ben-Galim, Penelope T. Louis, Angelo P. Giardino
      Pages 261-290
    7. Reena Isaac, Thomas A. Roesler
      Pages 291-305
    8. Vincent J. Palusci, Carl J. Schmidt, Pamela Wallace Hammel
      Pages 307-332
  4. Related Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Patricia M. Sullivan, John F. Knutson, Eleanor J. Ashford
      Pages 335-351
    3. Jennifer Jarjosa Tscholl, Philip V. Scribano
      Pages 353-370
    4. Christopher S. Greeley
      Pages 371-400
  5. Teamwork

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-401
    2. Maria D. McColgan, Allan DeJong
      Pages 403-424
    3. Kelli Connell-Carrick, Maria Scannapieco
      Pages 425-443
    4. Suzanna Tiapula, Angelo P. Giardino
      Pages 445-475

About this book


A Practical Guide to the Evaluation of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect

Second Edition

Edited by Angelo P. Giardino, Michelle Lyn, and Eileen R. Giardino


The impact of child maltreatment on victims, families, and society—from immediate medical care and legal services to long-term mental health care and law enforcement—cannot be understated. And it remains a severe problem in spite of increasing public awareness and stricter laws. To keep up with growing body of professionals staying informed on this subject, the second edition of A Practical Guide to the Evaluation of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect assists the reader in recognizing abuse/neglect (exclusive of sexual abuse) in children and youth, and determining its extent. Illustrated with clinical photographs, the Guide details systematic evaluation procedures, explains the tasks of an evaluation team, and expands and updates the knowledge base in these and other major areas:

  • Specific injuries, including burns, bruises, fractures, head and abdominal injuries.
  • Malnourishment and other forms of neglect.
  • Medical child abuse (previously known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy).
  • Maltreatment of children with special health care needs.
  • Domestic partner violence.
  • Prevention strategies, psychosocial assessment, collaborations with law enforcement and the courts, and more.

The new edition of the Practical Guide to the Evaluation of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect offers expert information useful to practitioners across professional domains: public health professionals in maternal and child health and school settings; physicians and nurses; clinical social workers, child psychologists, and school psychologists; attorneys and law enforcement personnel.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Angelo P. Giardino
    • 1
  • Michelle A. Lyn
    • 2
  • Eileen R. Giardino
    • 3
  1. 1.Texas Children's Health Plan, Inc.HoustonUSA
  2. 2.Texas Children’s Hospital, Children's Assessment CenterBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  3. 3.School of Nursing at Houston, Department of Integrative CareUniversity of TexasHoustonUSA

About the editors

Angelo P. Giardino is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine. He is also Medical Director of Texas Children's Health Plan, Inc.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews of the second edition:

“This second and enlarged edition discusses the important and universal problem related to the main theme. … With many illustrations. … For all pediatricians, public health workers, child health and school personnel, child psychologists and psychiatrists.” (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, Vol. 8 (2), December, 2010)