The Book of David
How Preserving Families Can Cost Children's Lives
By (author) Richard J. Gelles
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Book of David by Richard J. Gelles
Book DescriptionUsing the true story of a murdered child as a point of departure, a leading expert on family violence argues that society's first priority must be protecting children rather than preserving families.Richard Gelles was once one of the most widely published and vocal defenders of family preservation: the social policy of keeping troubles families together as a primary goal. He then ran into the true and tragic case of David Edwards, an infant who was murdered by his mother after falling through the chasms in the child welfare system.David's story convinced Gelles that the system must change. Nearly half the children who are killed by their parents each year are killed after they have come to the attention of child welfare agencies. These children must be protected by getting them out of harm's way. That means a radically new child welfare system must be developed. The first priority must be to protect children rather than preserve families. This hard-hitting book critically examines family preservation programs and argues that they do not work. Gelles goes beyond mere criticism of the child welfare system to suggest specific ways the system should be changed, such as eliminating mandatory reporting of abuse, giving better training to caseworkers, and separating the investigation of abuse from case management.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465053964
(203mm x 127mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 28-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard J. Gelles
Intimate Violence in Families, Paperback (February 1997)
Explodes many of the conventional myths and controversies hindering understanding of family violence. This book discusses theories of intimate violence and contributing social factors, and explores major controversies in the study and treatment of family and intimate violence.
Dark Side of Families, Paperback (June 1983)» View all books by Richard J. Gelles
This unique volume attests to the coming of age of research on family violence. Leading authorities in this interdisciplinary area offer useful insights into such concerns as wife-battering, child neglect and abuse, and criteria for distinguishing when child abuse or marital violence have actually taken place.
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Author Biography - Richard J. Gelles
Richard Gelles, a leading expert on family violence and author of 11 books on the subject, is the director of the Family Violence Research Program at the University of Rhode Island, where he is also a professor of sociology and psychology.
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