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Wednesday's Child : Research into Women's Experience of Neglect and Abuse in Childhood and Adult Depression - Antonia Bifulco

Wednesday's Child

Research into Women's Experience of Neglect and Abuse in Childhood and Adult Depression

Paperback Published: 5th February 1998
ISBN: 9780415165273
Number Of Pages: 224

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The extent of severe childhood abuse is little known. Drawing on twenty years of systematic research and interviews, " Wednesday's Child" examines the reasons why as much as 25% of women have been victims of child abuse, and how this abuse reverberates into their adult lives, doubling their chances of clinical depression.
The words of many ordinary women are documented here, vividly demonstrating how as survivors of child abuse, their adult relationships and self-esteem have suffered. The authors, who discuss abuse in terms of marital breakdown, poverty and parental psychiatric disorder also show us what we can learn from the experiences of these survivors, assessing factors which will reduce the later impact of childhood abuse on both the children of today and the parents of tomorrow.

All professionals who deem themselves to be advocates for the child have much to learn from the rigorous qualitative research and thought-provoking case histories in this volume. - Community Practitioner

Has clear implications for current child care and child protection practice ... is being welcomed by child care professionals. - Community Care

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introduction History-Takingp. 1
Neglectp. 17
Neglect: Never Truly Availablep. 19
Role-Reversal: the Meanest Work of the Housep. 34
Antipathy: Ceaseless Reprimandp. 49
Abusep. 65
Physical Abuse: Beyond Reasonable Chastisementp. 67
Notesp. 81
Sexual Abuse: Shared Secrecy and Guiltp. 84
Notesp. 99
Psychological Abuse: Hostage to Fortunep. 102
Contexts and Outcomesp. 119
Multiple Adversities: Stressful Family Contextsp. 121
Notesp. 134
Adult Vulnerability: Legacy of Childhoodp. 137
Resilience: Escape from Riskp. 153
Notesp. 169
Conclusion: the Century of the Childp. 174
Notesp. 189
p. 190
p. 198
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780415165273
ISBN-10: 041516527X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 5th February 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 13.92  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1