Innocents and Fallen Angels
and Child Aggression
Violence of any
kind is hard for most people to understand, but crimes against
children and crimes committed by children are perhaps the most
difficult to comprehend. Child abuse and neglect is a problem
with generational effects. Women, for example, who were sexually
abused in childhood are more likely than non-abused women to
be harsh with their children, withhold affection, or even accept
the sexual abuse of their own children by a spouse or lover.
Yet children are not always merely the victims of aggression.
They also perpetrate violent crimes in the form of bullying,
assault, and homicide, as well as crimes on property, such as
vandalism. Moffatt addresses the two sides of this cycle of violence,
including examples from clinical case studies and treatment options.
First, Moffatt details
crimes against children, ranging from Munchausen Syndrome by
Proxy, sexual and physical abuse, neglect, filicide, and infanticide.
Next, he addresses aggression committed by children against other
people, property, and self, including self-mutilation and suicide.
Written for both professional and lay audiences, counselors,
teachers, psychologists, law enforcement, medical professionals,
and therapists will all benefit from the psychological discussions
about causes and effects of aggression.
Table of Contents
--Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
--Physical/Emotional Abuse and Neglect
--Treating Victimized Children
--The Child Murderer
--Violence Against Self
--Sexual Assault by Children
--Treating Violent Children
book presents a thorough discussion of the causes, the symptoms,
and the treatment of these children. The writing style is easily
read and understood by the professional and by those interested
in violent children or child victims. The book's broad appeal
should prove to be a valuable resource for social workers, law
enforcement, school counselors, child therapists, and others
who work with child victims and violent children."
--Karla D. Carmichael/University of Alabama
book is timely, comprehensive, and vital for anyone interested
in understanding and helping children who are aggressive and/or
abused. It is clearly written and includes engrossing stories
that exemplify psychological theory."
--Trudy Post Sprunk/Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor
educators, and counselors, this book provides the context for
understanding and working with the child as victim and the child
as perpetrator. The cases presented will touch and tear at your
heart. This is a valuable resource for information on prevention
--Hilda R. Glazer/Dean, School of Psychology, Walden University
"This book will
provide an excellent resource for clinicians who treat these
children. Dr. Moffatt is able to capture our attention with the
severity and magnitude of the problem of abuse, while also emphasizing
the lifelong effects of even relatively minor abuse. He points
out the necessity for careful, sensitive assessment of children
and adolescents who present as possible victims or abusers."
--Lenora Allen, M.D./.Medical Director/ McIntosh Trail Mental