Child abuse

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Knowledge of child abuse is limited, with little agreement, among professionals concerning definition, incidence, and causes. Approaches to treatment have met with limited success, and proposed prevention strategies prove impractical due to such factors as the invasion of family privacy and negative effects of labeling deviant or potentially deviant behavior. Prevention efforts are reviewed, and it is suggested that the best preventive strategy is the development of a coherent policy in support of all children and their families. Child abuse is embedded in families, institutions, and society as a whole: Efforts to eliminate it must be directed at all 3 components. (27 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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