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Child Maltreatment

Karel Kurst-Swanger and Jacqueline L. Petcosky

in Violence in the Home

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165180
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165180.003.0003
 Child Maltreatment

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This chapter explores a variety of issues and concerns relating to the maltreatment of children. It begins with an examination of the social and historical context in which society views and treats children, and the economic, political, and social conditions related to the evolution of child welfare policy. Various forms of child maltreatment are addressed including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and the various forms of neglect. Current issues related to the various forms of maltreatment are examined including: corporal punishment, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, prenatal substance abuse, ritual abuse, and juvenile sexual offenders. The chapter also discusses ways that child development is affected by maltreatment, specifically reviewing the research regarding the short-term and long-term consequences to cognitive, affective, and physical growth and development.

Keywords: child neglect; child mistreatment; ritual abuse; sexual abuse; physical abuse; Munchausen; prenatal substance abuse; juvenile sex offenders; intrafamilial sexual abuse; pedophilia

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