This text for child care professionals and students discusses the developmental effects of childhood sexual abuse from infancy to adulthood. In the first half of the text, psychologist Ferrara presents a theoretical and historical review of child abuse issues, including federal legislation, psychiatric diagnosis of pedophilia, documentation, and various theories of child development. Individual chapters in the second half of the volume are devoted to the effects of abuse in each stage of human development. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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