The volume has great potential to encourage better research, practice, law, and policy. It will inform scientists across various sub–fields of psychology about the most current knowledge in the discipline and the limits of that knowledge. It will encourage psychologists to think creatively about the issues from psychological, sociological, medical, and legal perspectives. It will bring balance within the current socio–political context of child maltreatment research, focusing research and policy on important issues that arise in actual child abuse cases rather than issues that surround controversial false child maltreatment allegations.
This volume demonstrates how new research findings can (a) provide practitioners with information that can support treatment efforts, (b) spawn better future programs of research, and (c) directly aid new prevention efforts and better social policy and law. This information will advance psychologists collective understanding of child maltreatment.
Jodi Quas is Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses broadly on memory development and children s involvement in the legal system. She has published extensively on such topics as the effects of stress on children s memory, children s eyewitness capabilities and suggestibility, and the consequences of legal involvement on child victims/witnesses. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The theoretical and applied significance of her work has been recognized by early career awards from the American Psychology–Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) and Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Division 9 of the American Psychological Association).