The APSAC Advisor is a peer reviewed quarterly news journal for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect.
The APSAC Advisor provides succinct, data-based, practice-oriented articles that keep interdisciplinary professionals
informed of the latest developments in policy and practice the field of child maltreatment. It is designed to highlight
best practices in the field and publish original articles and current information about child maltreatment for professionals
from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, law, law enforcement, social work, child protective services, psychology,
public health and prevention in the U.S.
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1991 Number 4
Epidemiological studies of the incidence of physical maltreatment of children have highlighted the magnitude of what is now recognized as a serious and pervasive social problem. In 1989, at least 1200 and perhaps as many as 5,000 children died as a result of maltreatment, and over 160,000 children were seriously harmed.
Maternal use of drugs and alcohol during pregnancy and child rearing is one of the most significant contemporary problems facing professionals in the field of child maltreatment. Fetal alcohol exposure is the "leading cause of mental retardation in the Western world" (American Medical Association, 1989).
At least 20% of the identified victims of sexual abuse are male (American Association for Protecting Children, 1989). But attention to their treatment needs has lagged behind attention to the needs of females.
Despite the increasing numbers of young offenders being reported for serious sex offenses, professionals involved with the care and protection of children find it difficult to accept that children can molest other children.
Treatment for adolescent offenders has received increased attention over the past five years, prompted in part by a number of studies indicating that the onset of deviant sexual arousal and behavior often occurs before the age of 18.
In this brief communication, the stresses commonly faced by recently arrived Hispanic immigrants are reviewed, in the effort to help child welfare professionals recognize the presence, multiplicity, and complexity of these stresses.