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Detection, diagnosis, and prevention of child abuse

Journal Contribution - Review Article

Subtitle:the role of the pediatrician

It is the pediatrician's role to promote the child's well-being and to help parents raise healthy, well-adjusted children. Today's pediatricians are confronted with a patient population in which there is a high prevalence of child abuse in its different presentations (physical, sexual, and psychological abuse and/or neglect). The immediate and long-term consequences of child abuse often are lifelong and even life-threatening in its most dramatic presentation. Unfortunately, detection of child abuse remains a difficult challenge for many physicians but also for the "well-trained" pediatrician, leaving many abused children unreported. This paper addresses the important role pediatricians can play in the detection, diagnosis, and prevention of child maltreatment.

Journal: European Journal of Pediatrics
ISSN: 0340-6199
Issue: 1
Volume: 171
Pages: 17-23
Number of pages: 7
Publication year:2012
Keywords:Child, Child Abuse/diagnosis, Humans, Mandatory Reporting, Pediatrics, Physician's Role, Age & gender related medicine