18 Crim. Just. & Behavior 3 (1991)

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   Some 15 years ago, I attended a Southeastern Psychological Asso-
ciation convention and became acquainted with the work of Joel
Milner. Then, he was one of the few voices both speaking out about
child abuse and collecting empirical data. His psychometric scales
were the only ones I knew of that addressed the issue of child abuse,
and did so in a psychometrically careful and valid fashion. I followed
his work over the years and, when I began editing this journal, I called
on him a few times to referee articles. His reviews were perspicacious.
   We began to discuss the field, and I thought Criminal Justice and
Behavior was due for a special issue on the topic of child abuse. Our
society began to see this pervasive, serious problem as a symptom of
moral decay and a threat to its future. Naturally, I asked Dr. Milner to
edit the special issue. He pointed out to me that when we speak
generically about child abuse, we fail to distinguish different phenom-
ena; physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect of
children. Each merits attention in their own right. Thus this issue
addresses physical child abuse, and will be followed next year by one
on sexual child abuse.
   Dr. Milner has assembled a remarkable panel of experts to consider
the various areas of physical child abuse. The areas range from
methodolocal issues when conducting or reading studies in this area,
to models of abuse, to issues in assessing perpetrators, to victim
damage, and to treatment issues.
   It is our hope that this issue helps researchers and professionals take
stock of the field, and guides the practice and research efforts for the
coming decade. I hope you are enriched and spurred to action by the
results of these scholars' efforts.

                                          - Allen K. Hess, Editor


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