Care Considerations for the Abused and Neglected Child

  • Carol S. Drolen


Emotionally disturbed children have been treated in institutions since the 1920s. The recognition that these children have been sexually abused or neglected has been a more recent phenomenon (Masson, 1984). For example, Krenk (1984) reported that 86 percent of girls and 50 percent of boys in residence during the calender year of 1980 had a documented history of inappropriate sexual contact with an adult. Statistics from the late’ 70s indicate that over 400,000 children lived in residential settings, treatment centers, detention homes, or youth correctional facilities (Harrell & Orem, 1980). Furthermore, there has been an estimated 450 percent increase in adolescent admissions for psychiatric care between 1980 and 1984. As many children find themselves living in group settings for some portion of their lives, it becomes critical that residential treatment centers devote attention to the recognition, knowledge, and sound treatment of children who have been sexually or physically abused or neglected by their prior caretakers (Friedman, 1986).


Sexual Abuse Child Abuse Child Welfare Child Sexual Abuse Residential Care 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol S. Drolen
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  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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