Current Psychiatry Reports

, 16:429

Evaluation and Treatment of Childhood Physical Abuse and Neglect: A Review

Child and Adolescent Disorders (TD Benton, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11920-013-0429-5

Cite this article as:
Cummings, M. & Berkowitz, S.J. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2014) 16: 429. doi:10.1007/s11920-013-0429-5
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Child and Adolescent Disorders


According to 2010 CDC estimates, 1 in 5 US children have experienced maltreatment. Risk factors for child maltreatment include child characteristics such as non-compliance and diagnostic conditions that increase caregiver burden. Parent characteristic risk factors include parental mental illness and low social support. New developments in radiologic evaluation of child maltreatment will be reviewed. New findings in evidence based psychotherapies for childhood maltreatment will be discussed. A review of the role of pharmacotherapy in child maltreatment cases will also be presented. New evidence from prevention models targeting young mothers and families are also reviewed.


MaltreatmentChild maltreatmentChildhoodPhysical abuseNeglectEvaluationPreventionTreatment

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA