Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 April 2016

160 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199399154

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Broken Three Times

A Story of Child Abuse in America

Joan Kaufman

  • Broken Three Times is a story about child abuse in America. It begins with snapshots from the mother's abusive childhood, then fast-forwards to the family's first involvement with Connecticut protective services when her children are eleven and ten. Over the next five years we see the children pass through nearly twenty placements, while their mother continually relapses on crack and moves from one violent relationship to the next.
  • This book examines systemic problems in child welfare via the twists and turns of a family's gripping and rattling story, with each chapter punctuated with a brief scholarly review of topics related to the events described in the chapter.
  • The book reads like fiction, but the author's background in neuroscience, genetics, and child welfare work adds state-of-the art science and practice perspectives into conceptualizations of the issues relevant to understanding risk and promoting resiliency among children served by the system.
  • This book will provide readers with information about innovations and recent improvements in the system, concrete steps to take to enhance practice, ongoing gaps in our knowledge, and a deepening appreciation of the value of incorporating broad perspectives into this work--from neurobiology to social policy.
  • The content is meaningful and accessible to both professional and lay audiences, with foci that span from neurobiology to social policy.

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