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Multidisciplinary Investigation of Child Maltreatment

Author(s): Lauren R Shapiro, Professor, King Graduate School of Urban Studies and Applied Research at Monroe College
Marie-Helen Maras, PhD, Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • ISBN-13: 9781449686987
  • Paperback    400 pages      © 2016
Price: $79.95 US List
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The definitive resource for child abuse and neglect courses

Multidisciplinary Investigation of Child Maltreatment is written for professionals in criminal justice, law, social work, psychology, medicine, and human services, as well as for students in undergraduate and graduate courses in these fields.  Specifically, it is an ideal primary textbook for child abuse and neglect courses and can be a valuable supplement for investigation and victimology courses. The available textbooks on the market only partially cover the type of information needed for understanding maltreatment in American society and for conducting child abuse investigations. This comprehensive textbook addresses both normative and non-normative development in infants, children, and adolescents, as well as appropriate ways for child protective services and criminal justice professionals to investigate and, when founded, prosecute perpetrators of maltreatment. Through presentation of analogies, examples, court cases, and illustrations, this definitive textbook effectively guides readers using a best practices approach to evaluating alleged neglect and maltreatment cases.

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Features & Benefits

  • Offers comprehensive coverage of normative development of infants, children, and adolescents
  • Describes the signs, symptoms, and consequences of various forms of maltreatment
  • Presents a complete overview of how to conduct forensic interviews
  • Provides a multidisciplinary (i.e., social science, medical, and legal) perspective backed with cutting edge research findings to conduct successful investigations of neglect and maltreatment
  • Every chapter concludes with a summary and review questions to ensure comprehension
  • Accompanied by a full suite of instructor resources, including Lecture Slides in PowerPoint format and an Instructor’s Manual containing lectures, additional case studies, and practical exercises with solutions

Applicable Courses

This book can be used as a primary or supplemental text at both the upper-level undergraduate and graduate level.

Course titles include:

  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Assessment & Treatment of Child
  • Abuse & Neglect
  • Victimology
  • Investigation
  • Child Abuse & Development
Section I  Normative Infant, Child, and Adolescent Development
Chapter 1  Child Victimology: An Introduction
Chapter 2  Physical and Cognitive Development
Chapter 3  Emotional and Social Development
Section II  The Negative Effects of Maltreatment on Development
Chapter 4  Signs, Symptoms, and Consequences of Physical and Sexual Abuse
Chapter 5  Signs, Symptoms, and Consequences of Psychological Abuse and Neglect
Section III  Investigation and Substantiation of Child Maltreatment
Chapter 6  Investigating Maltreatment
Chapter 7  Interviewing
Section IV  Roles, Responsibilities, and Perspectives of Those Involved in Child Maltreatment Cases
Chapter 8  Parental Experiences of Child Protective Services, the Criminal Justice System, and Family Court
Chapter 9  Child Protective Services: Processes and Practices
Chapter 10  Legal Approach: Law Enforcement, Probation, and Parole Officers
Chapter 11  Agents of the Courts: Roles and Perspectives
Chapter 12  Advice and Conclusions: Recommendations for Those in the Field

Lauren R Shapiro-Professor, King Graduate School of Urban Studies and Applied Research at Monroe College

Dr. Lauren R. Shapiro is a Professor at King Graduate School of Urban Studies and Applied Research at Monroe College. She has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Developmental Psychology from Rutgers University and a M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Ohio University. In addition, she has an M.S. in Criminal Justice specializing in Law Enforcement from Indiana State University at Terra Haute.  Her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and in Early Childhood Education are from the the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Shapiro has also taught at Clemson University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Florida Atlantic University at Davie, Emporia State University, North Dakota State University, Colorado State University Global Campus, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Her research, publications, conference presentations, and workshops domestically and internationally focus on topics related to crime, particularly in reference to children (e.g., forensic interviewing techniques and investigations, child eyewitness testimony and identification, behavioral modification and effective discipline for children; juvenile theft)

In addition to her teaching and academic work, her background includes a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship with the Carolina Consortium on Human Development, special training as a custody investigator in North Dakota, a Special Education Advocate in Kansas, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Florida. Dr. Shapiro has worked as a consultant for the Bronx District Attorney's Office (Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Unit), Emporia Police Department, Lyon County Sheriff's Office, and the Center of Change in Kansas, and she did her internship with the Fargo Police Department and externship with the Honorable Ralph Erickson at the U.S. District Court of North Dakota.

Marie-Helen Maras, PhD-Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Dr. Marie-Helen Maras is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has a DPhil in Law and an MPhil in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford. In addition, she holds a graduate degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven and undergraduate degrees in Computer and Information Science and Psychology from the University of Maryland University College. She has taught at New York University and SUNY-Farmingdale.

In addition to her teaching and academic work, her background includes approximately seven years of service in the U.S. Navy with significant experience in security and law enforcement from her posts as a Navy Law Enforcement Specialist and Command Investigator. While in the Navy, she supervised her personnel in conducting over 130 counter-surveillance operations throughout Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  During the early stages of her military career, she worked as an Electronics and Calibration Technician.

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ISBN-13: 9781449686987

Additional Resources for Instructors
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