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Child Physical Abuse: Current Evidence, Clinical Practice, and Policy Directions


  • Enables readers to gain an overview of child physical abuse, which affects at least 200,000 children each year in the USA

  • Identifies the main approaches to conceptualizing the etiology, presentation, treatment, and prevention of child physical abuse

  • Summarizes the latest studies related to how best to evaluate and prevent child physical abuse

  • Equips readers with concepts, models, frameworks, and evidence that help professionals and the lay public in understanding and responding to child physical abuse

  • Reinforces basic principles in the evaluation and prevention of child physical abuse


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Child Health book sub series (BRIEFSCHILD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Tanya S. Hinds, Angelo P. Giardino
    Pages 1-36
  3. Tanya S. Hinds, Angelo P. Giardino
    Pages 37-75
  4. Tanya S. Hinds, Angelo P. Giardino
    Pages 77-112
  5. Tanya S. Hinds, Angelo P. Giardino
    Pages 113-147
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 149-153

About this book


This eye-opening monograph challenges professionals across disciplines to take a more thorough and focused approach to addressing child physical abuse at the practice and policy levels. Positing child physical abuse as a public health crisis (as opposed to a more vague “social” one), the authors use empirical findings and clinical insights to advocate for wide-scale reforms in screening, assessment, responses, treatment, and prevention. The book’s social/ecological perspective delves into root causes of physical maltreatment, analyzes the role of family and community risk and support factors, and notes forms of discomfort keeping many professionals from meeting the issue head-on. From there, chapters describe coordinated multidisciplinary efforts for intervention and prevention with the potential to avert all forms of child abuse.


Included in the coverage:


·         Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

·         The non-verbal child: obtaining a history for caregiver(s)

·         Clinical perspectives on multidisciplinary collaboration

  •           Corporal punishment and risk for child physical abuse

  •                 Intimate partner violence (IPV) and risk for child physical abuse

  •                 Evolution of child maltreatment prevention

·                              Complementary dynamic prevention approach

Child Physical Abuse sets out the scope of this ongoing crisis for a wide audience including healthcare providers, child advocates, clinical social workers, public health officials, mental health providers, legislative staff professionals, and members of the lay public, with clear guidelines for effective long-term solutions.



child abuse child maltreatment child victimization child physical abuse child homicide fatal abuse battered child syndrome child abuse and neglect abusive parenting adverse childhood experiences child protection corporal punishment child fatalities child abuse prevention domestic violence family violence community health physical abuse

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Freddie Mac Foundation Child and Adolescent Protection CenterChildren’s National Health SystemWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Texas Children’s HospitalHoustonUSA

About the authors

Tanya S. Hinds, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician at the Freddie Mac Foundation Child and Adolescent Protection Center at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. Dr. Hinds also is assistant professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD, is senior vice president/chief quality officer at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas. He also is a professor of Pediatrics and section chief of Academic General Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Giardino is a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Medical Quality, and sub-boarded in Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a recipient of the Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award, and is a board member for several national and regional boards. Dr. Giardino's academic accomplishments include publishing several textbooks on child abuse and neglect and medical education, presenting on a variety of pediatric topics at national and regional conferences, and publishing numerous chapters on education, mentoring, child maltreatment, and quality improvement. He also is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk.

Bibliographic information

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“The book is written for a medically informed community, but those working in the child welfare arena and others can read this book and comprehend its content. … This book adds to the current resources addressing the need to appreciate that child abuse must be viewed in paradigm similar to all other medical entities … and how important these components are to encourage the medical community's embrace of its role in diagnosis, intervention, and prevention.” (Jill Glick, Doody's Book Reviews, January, 2018)