Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Susan Y. Melvin


Child abuse and neglect have persisted throughout history, from the practice of infanticide during the first century to the current practice of ritualistic abuse. In 1962 the “battered child syndrome” was defined in the medical literature,1 and mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse by caregivers became law in 1974. Since then, as victims themselves became parents, the long-term effects of child abuse and neglect have become evident. Chemical dependence, eating disorders, affective disorders, dysfunctional relationships, poor impulse control, and posttraumatic stress disorder have all been identified more frequently in adults who were abused as children.2


Sexual Abuse Child Abuse Eating Disorder Child Sexual Abuse Physical Abuse 
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