Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Susan Y. Melvin
  • Maureen C. Rhyne

Abstract

Child maltreatment has persisted throughout history, from the practice of infanticide during the first century to the intergenerational abuse seen today. In 1962 the “battered child syndrome” was defined in the medical literature,1 and mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse by caregivers became law in 1974. Since then, as victims themselves became parents, the long-term effects of child abuse and neglect have become evident. Chemical dependence, eating disorders, affective disorders, dysfunctional relationships, violence, and posttraumatic stress disorder have been identified more frequently in adults who were abused as children.2

Keywords

Depression Cocaine Assure Eter Kelly 

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  • Susan Y. Melvin
  • Maureen C. Rhyne

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