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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 3-26
    3. Sheela L. Lahoti, Rebecca G. Girardet, Angelo P. Giardino
      Pages 27-73
  3. Specific Injuries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Erin E. Endom, Angelo P. Giardino
      Pages 77-131
    3. Angela Bachim, Nancy S. Harper
      Pages 133-194
    4. Rohit Shenoi
      Pages 195-219
    5. Donna Mendez, Erin E. Endom
      Pages 221-249
    6. Lauren R. Burge, Penelope T. Louis, Angelo P. Giardino
      Pages 251-285
    7. Reena Isaac
      Pages 287-297
    8. Vincent J. Palusci, Carl J. Schmidt, Pamela Wallace Hammel
      Pages 299-334
  4. Related Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Heather C. Moore, Angelo P. Giardino
      Pages 337-354
    3. Jennifer J. Tscholl, Philip V. Scribano
      Pages 355-373
    4. Christopher S. Greeley
      Pages 375-404
    5. Angelo P. Giardino
      Pages 405-429
    6. Paige Culotta, Taylor McLain
      Pages 431-443
  5. Teamwork

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 445-445
    2. Maria D. McColgan, Dominick A. Siconolfi, Allan DeJong
      Pages 447-467

About this book


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 third 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, and 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 A 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; and attorneys and law enforcement personnel.


child abuse and neglect child development child protective services forensic pediatrics child injury child maltreatment family violence child physical abuse child trauma intimate partner violence corporal punishment child discipline multidisciplinary teamwork child mental health child fatality child morbidity and mortality child psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Angelo P. Giardino
    • 1
  • Michelle A. Lyn
    • 2
  • Eileen R. Giardino
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, School of MedicineUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.Texas Children’s HospitalBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Integrative Care, School of Nursing at HoustonUniversity of TexasHoustonUSA

About the editors

Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, is chair of the Department of Pediatrics and chief medical officer of Primary Children's Hospital at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He is series editor of the SpringerBriefs in Child Health book series.

Michelle A. Lyn, MD, FAAP, is associate professor of Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and medical director of Care Management and Patient Flow at Texas Children's Hospital, in Houston, TX, USA.

Eileen R. Giardino, RN, PhD, FNP-BC, is associate professor of Clinical Nursing at University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston in Houston, TX, USA.

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