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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1997 Number 4
Having been involved in the late 1970's and early 80's "legal discovery" of child sexual abuse, I have in the last two years been impressed by the slow emergence of still another "hidden" form of child victimization.
The Louise Woodward "nanny" case touched a nerve, sparked an international hue and cry, and exposed some serious misunderstandings among the general public. Is shaken impact syndrome a true medical phenomenon a figment of the imagination of "cult scientists"? Can a white, middle-class young woman commit child abuse? How could a professional couple rely on a minimally-trained au pair to care for their children? How could the jury find Louise Woodward guilty of second degree murder? How could Judge Zobel set her free?
Professionals and institutions that care for children are increasingly aware of the risks associated with children who victimize other children demographic information regarding the number of sex offenders who are themselves minors is rapidly developing.
Childhood abuse experiences can have many different negative effects on children. Some abuse events are distinctive, however, in that they cause a child to experience overwhelming fear and put a child at risk for traumatization (Carlson, Furby, Armstrong & Shlaes, 1997). Such traumatic abuse experiences can result in posttraumatic responses like those seen following other, non-abuse traumas.
The purpose of Journal Highlights is to alert readers to current literature on child abuse. Selected articles from journals representing the variety of disciplines reflected in APSAC's membership are presented in the form of an annotated bibliography.