Child and Adolescent Disorders (TD Benton, Section Editor)

Current Psychiatry Reports

, 16:429

First online:

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

  • Marissa CummingsAffiliated withChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia Email author 
  • , Steven J. BerkowitzAffiliated withUniversity of Pennsylvania

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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.


Maltreatment Child maltreatment Childhood Physical abuse Neglect Evaluation Prevention Treatment