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.


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 ...

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