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date: 22 November 2019

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Child maltreatment is acting or failure to act on the part of a caretaker in a manner that poses a threat to a child’s well-being, health, and safety. The present chapter reviews the prevalence and nature of child maltreatment in the United States. The types of abuse, qualities of perpetrators, and physical and mental health outcomes on youth victims are also presented. Assessment tools for identifying abuse and the effects of abuse are discussed along with evidence-based methods for intervention for families exposed to child maltreatment. Along with a case example, recommendations for improving the knowledge base on child maltreatment are presented along with suggestions for refining methods for assessing and treating child maltreatment. Implications for clinical practice are also examined.

Keywords: maltreatment, abuse, neglect, childhood, assessment, treatment

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