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This riveting three-volume set examines classic, current, and emerging research on child neglect and abuse in countries all over the world, covering regions that include Africa, Asia, the Arab world, Latin America, Europe, and our own backyards and bedrooms in North America. The entries put maltreatment of children in the global spotlight and explain the prevalence, incidence, and risk factors for children in each setting, addressing the laws, social and cultural perceptions, and differences regarding child abuse and neglect worldwide. The chapters provide a glimpse into the historical and cultural context of abuse in regions of the world and identify the most ineffective as well as the most protective or promising responses to child maltreatment worldwide. Professionals from entry level to expert will find materials that will expand their understanding and practice with, and on behalf of, abused children and the adults in their lives.