Harvard Educational Review
  1. Vulnerable Children, Vulnerable Families

    The Social Construction of Child Abuse

    By Susan Janko.

    New York: Teachers College Press, 1994. 156 pp. $36.00, $16.95 (paper).

    In Vulnerable Children, Vulnerable Families: The Social Construction of Child Abuse, a study of parents and children involved in abusive relationships, Susan Janko explores many important aspects of child abuse, including discussions of determinants, statistics of occurrence, social views, and the legal system. After grounding the reader in a theoretical context, the author describes her own empirical study of parents who have abused their children. Through three case studies, she presents detailed histories and the parents' own perspectives as she traces their stories from their own childhoods, to their having children, to their becoming abusive, as well as their subsequent involvement with child custody services and the other legal ramifications of their abuse.

    Janko explores the advantages and disadvantages of currently available programs for assisting parents in preventing maltreatment of children, offering programmatic suggestions and a critique of philosophic goals. Through the use of extensive interview materials, Janko helps the reader grasp the experience, concerns, and beliefs of these parents, as well as of authorities in the child protective services. Through her patiently detailed, compassionate, and thoughtful book, the author offers an insightful insider's look at a major problem in violence prevention.
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    By Myrna B. Shure, with Theresa Foy Digeronimo

    Ending the Cycle of Violence
    Edited by Einat Peled, Peter G. Jaffe, and Jeffrey L. Edleson

    Edited by Scott Cummings and Daniel Monti

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    By Edward Said

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    By Russ Bellant

    Teaching Young Children in Violent Times
    By Diane Levin

    By Shoshana Feldman and Dori Laub.

    Dating Violence
    Edited by Barrie Levy

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    By Susan Janko.

    The Merry-Go-Round of Sexual Abuse
    By William E. Prendergast.

    Juvenile Delinquency
    Edited by Paul M. Sharp and Barry W. Hancock.

    Anger Management for Youth
    By Leona L. Eggert.

    Assessing Dangerousness
    Edited by Jacquelyn C. Campbell.

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