Abuse, Early Childhood
Although awareness of child maltreatment as a serious social problem is becoming the norm in many countries, the field of child abuse prevention is young, and questions are more pervasive than answers. At the outset, prevention efforts have been complicated by the difficulty in reaching a consensual definition of key terms, including not only child maltreatment, but each of its four standard subcategories—physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect (Miller-Perrin & Perrin, 1999). For example, researchers and practitioners have struggled to identify what caregiver behaviors should be prevented, as well as to develop useful and effective outcome measures to evaluate child abuse prevention programs.
KeywordsSexual Abuse Child Maltreatment Parent Education Psychological Abuse Child Maltreat
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