• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Child Abuse

Child abuse is a serious social issue that causes harm and results in the death of children every day throughout the United States and the world. It is both a psychological and an educational issue that affects individuals, families, schools, and communities, resulting in both immediate effects and long-term serious consequences on the lives of those it touches. This entry provides definitions, incidence of abuse, forms of abuse, characteristics of abusers, psychological effects on victims, and treatment interventions for both abusers and victimized children.

Definitions

Every state in the United States has a legal definition for child abuse and neglect based on the federal definitions cited in the Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1973 (CAPTA, 42 U.S.C.A. x 5106g) and as amended by the ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles