Physical abuse can cause anything from minor injuries to permanent disabilities to death. Emotional trauma could result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Nurses and other health care professionals work with both victims and perpetrators, but have little education and resources for dealing with the everyday forensic issues of pediatric practice.
This book is designed to serve as a quick resource for practicing emergency room nurses, pediatric critical care nurses, school nurses, nurse practitioners, and other health care providers. Student practitioners will also find the content helpful and readily useable as a reference guide.
The book provides current, concise, and easy-to-use information in short chapters that assist practitioners with the prevention, identification, and management of victims and offenders. This content can be integrated into advanced family and pediatric curricula, and can also be used in primary, community, and acute care pediatric and family settings as a useful, ongoing reference.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Forensic Aspects of Pediatrics
SECTION I: GENERAL PRINCIPLES
1. Cultural Aspects of Forensic Pediatrics
2. The Effects of Violence Exposure on Children
3. Forensic Assessment and Documentation
4. Principles of Evidence
5. Navigating the Juvenile Justice System
6. Expert Witness Testimony
7. Professional Stress and Burnout
SECTION II: CHILDREN AS VICTIMS
8. Child Abuse
9. Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma
10. Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
11. Sexual Abuse
12. Sexual Exploitation
13. Child Abductions
14. Psychological Effects of Victimization
15. Children of Incarcerated Parents
SECTION III: CHILDREN AS OFFENDERS
16. Juvenile Delinquency
17. Child Delinquents
18. Female Delinquents
20. School Violence
21. Juvenile Animal Cruelty
22. Juvenile Firesetting
24. Juvenile Sex Offenders
25. Dating Violence
SECTION IV: UNNATURAL DEATHS
26. Medicolegal Child Death Investigation
27. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death
29. Child and Adolescent Suicide
30. Asphyxial "Games"
31. Homicide Survivors
Brief Forensic Glossary
Mary E. Muscari is Associate Professor at Binghamton University (NY) Dr. Muscari has been a Pediatric NP since 1980 when she earned her MSN/PNP from Columbia University. She earned a post-Master's certificate in psychiatric nursing and a PhD both from Adelphi University; a Post-Master's certificate in Forensic Nursing (2003) from Duquesne University and has additional forensic education as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, a Legal Nurse Consultant and a Medicolegal Death Investigator. She attended the Infant Death Investigation Academy (2007) through the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. She has taught nursing since 1988, first at Luzerne Comm College (1988-1992), University of Scranton (1997-1004) and Binghamton University (2007 - present) where she is establishing a forensic nursing course. Dr. Muscari has worked clinically as a PNP in a variety of environments and has served on the PA Sex Offender Assessment Board (2005 - present) and as a private consultant on child health/mental health, parenting and forensic issues. She has conducted or participated in research in pornography in relation to adult and juvenile child molesters, partners of Male Pedophiles, disappearance of childhood, and factors of youth violence and resilience. Dr. Muscari has published >60 professional articles, >30 newspaper and consumer articles, three screenplays and has delivered >85 presentations on forensic topics since 1985. Dr. Muscari has published several nursing books including Pediatric Nursing Review (4 editions) and Advanced Pediatric Clinical Assessment (2001); and five consumer books including: Everything Parents Guide to Raising Adolescent Girls; Everything Parents Guide to Raising Adolescent Boys; Let Kids be Kids: Rescuing Childhood (2006); Not My Kid: 21 Steps to Raising a Non-Violent Kid (2002) and Not My Kid 2: Protecting Your Children from the 21 Threats of the 21st Century (2004).
Kathleen M. Brown is Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing as well as a practicing Women's Health NP (X23 years) and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for the Northampton County, PA, Sexual Assault Response Team. Additionally, she is Post-Graduate student of Dr. Robert Sadoff's at the University of Penn School of Medicine in the Applications of Forensic Psychiatry. She has been a co-investigator in 4 funded research studies, including 2 for the Nat Institute of Justice and one for NINR/NIMH. Her dissertation research on leaving abusive relationships was funded by AWHONN. She is the author/co-author of 23 journal articles. Dr. Brown is currently a nurse consultant on rape and sexual assault to prosecutors and defense attorneys throughout the states of PA, NJ and DE, to the US Army via the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corp., to the NJ State Attorney General's Office for the development of sate wide protocols and procedures related to the investigation of sex crimes, to Philadelphia Sexual Assault Coalition via the Women Organized Against Rape, to the Am Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) division of the Nat Institute of Justice on the development of standards for sexual assault nurse examiners; and to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is Board Member for many committees that focus on sexual assault. Lastly, she is an active speaker and workshop trainer throughout NJ & PA.