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History and Definition of Child Maltreatment

Maria Scannapieco and Kelli Connell-Carrick

in Understanding Child Maltreatment

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156782
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864164 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156782.003.0001
 						History and Definition of Child Maltreatment

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This chapter provides a historical overview of child abuse and neglect, covering the history of childhood, US history, and key legislation. Definitional issues of child maltreatment are discussed and critiqued. All types of child maltreatment are covered including, physical, sexual, neglect, emotional, and psychological. The chapter concludes with a presentation of the scope of child maltreatment today.

Keywords: history; childhood; legislation; definitions; scope; physical; sexual; neglect; emotional; psychological

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