IPT Book Reviews

Title: The Recognition of Child Abuse for Mandated Reporters
Author: James A. Monteleone
Publisher: Mosby Year Book, Inc., 1994

Mosby Year Book
G. W. Medical Publishing, Inc.
2601 Metro Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63043
(800) 426-4545
$32.00

In 12 chapters, the author attempts to cover an extremely broad range of topics, including Munchausen syndrome by proxy, neglect, abandonment, emotional abuse, legal issues, working with victims in school, multiple personality disorder, and prevention. The chapter on sexual abuse is weak and does not adequately acknowledge the fact that most reports are unsubstantiated. Other chapters fail to keep up with the rapidly increasing knowledge base. There is no mention of satanic ritual abuse allegations or delayed memory issues and economic and multicultural factors are not covered in the chapter on neglect. The list of references and recommended readings is extremely limited. The book presents nothing that is new or challenging and is not recommended.

Reviewed by LeRoy G. Schultz, Professor Emeritus of Social Work, West Virginia University.

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