I have drawn extensively on a clinical population seen by myself and staff from the Interdisciplinary Project on Child Abuse and Neglect (IPCAN), in writing this book. It is important that readers also be familiarized with the case sample in order to critically evaluate the relevance of the material in the book to their own practice or situation as well as to judge the validity of the observations made in the book. The cases here presented themselves between 1978 and 1984, during which time about 200 cases were seen. Data on 148 cases and 190 victim-perpetrator dyads are available. Of the cases, 69 percent were referred by Child Protective Services, 2 percent by the courts, and 10 percent by other agencies, while 19 percent were self-referred by family members or victims. Cases came from counties throughout the state of Michigan, but the majority were from the most densely populated southeastern part of the state. Families were referred for the purposes of diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment. In all except two cases, the victim was seen one or more times. In 45 percent of the cases, victim, nonabusing parent, and perpetrator were seen. In 35 percent the victim and nonabusing parent(s) were seen. The latter were usually cases where the perpetrator was not residing in the household. He might be evaluated by someone else or he might be interviewed by the police. In 20 percent of the cases the victim(s) only was seen.
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