Mental Health Issues: Child Physical Abuse and Neglect

  • Toi Blakley Harris
  • Albert J. SargentIII


Nationally, child maltreatment is at epidemic proportions. In 2006, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) noted approximately 6.0 million children were referred for alleged maltreatment to child protective services (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2008). Of the 3.3 million that were assessed, 30% of the investigations concluded that at least one child had been victimized (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2008). Although in the last 5 years there has been an increase in the number of investigations by CPS, there is a slight decline in the number of substantiated reports of abuse and or neglect (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2008). Of the 905,000 youth who were documented as being victimized in 2006, the vast majority were found to have been neglected (64.1%), followed by physical abuse (16%), sexual abuse (8.8%), psychological or emotional abuse (6.6%), and medical neglect (2.2%) (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2006).


Sexual Abuse Physical Abuse Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Traumatic Experience Traumatic Stress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toi Blakley Harris
    • 1
  • Albert J. SargentIII
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Baylor College of MedicineTexas Children’s Hospital.HoustonUSA
  2. 2.Child and Adolescent PsychiatryTufts Medical CenterBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and PediatricsTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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