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Wednesday's child : research into women's experience of neglect and abuse in childhood and adult depression
Bifulco, Antonia, 1955-
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.
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xiv, 207 pages ; 23 cm
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RC569.5.C55 B54 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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As many as one in four women have suffered severe neglect or abuse in childhood. This doubles the likelihood of their suffering clinical depression in adult life. Based on twenty years of systematic research,Wednesday's Childexamines why neglect and abuse occur and demonstrates how such negative experience in childhood often results in abusive adult relationships, low self-esteem and depression.
Drawing on interviews with over 200 women, the authors show vividly what can be learned from the experience of adult survivors of abuse. Most importantly, Wednesday's Childassesses the factors which can reduce the later impact of such experience on both the children of today and the parents of tomorrow.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introduction History-Takingp. 1
Part I Neglectp. 17
Chapter 2 Neglect: Never Truly Availablep. 19
Chapter 3 Role-Reversal: the Meanest Work of the Housep. 34
Chapter 4 Antipathy: Ceaseless Reprimandp. 49
Part II Abusep. 65
Chapter 5 Physical Abuse: Beyond Reasonable Chastisementp. 67
Notesp. 81
Chapter 6 Sexual Abuse: Shared Secrecy and Guiltp. 84
Notesp. 99
Chapter 7 Psychological Abuse: Hostage to Fortunep. 102
Part III Contexts and Outcomesp. 119
Chapter 8 Multiple Adversities: Stressful Family Contextsp. 121
Notesp. 134
Chapter 9 Adult Vulnerability: Legacy of Childhoodp. 137
Chapter 10 Resilience: Escape from Riskp. 153
Notesp. 169
Chapter 11 Conclusion: the Century of the Childp. 174
Notesp. 189
Appendix I

p. 190

Appendix II

p. 198

Indexp. 203