Stories of child abuse litter the news on a weekly basis, each one as heartbreaking as the next. Through these stories, and its portrayal in other media, we build assumptions on what the circumstances must be for abuse to happen. However, these assumptions are not entirely accurate and can hinder the credibility of cases that break out of these stereotypes. Outlined in Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment 2E, this post explores common myths around child abuse and the truth behind them.Read More »
Before a victim discloses sexual abuse or assault, there may be signs to recognize if it has occurred. Below are indicators for both children and adults who have been the target of this kind of violence, as outlined in our sexual assault titles.Read More »
Physical neglect in children is more recognized due to the apparent visibility. The same can go for medical neglect, which is why the two are typically associated when discussing neglect. However, medical neglect deserves distinction due to its handling in the health care setting. As outlined in the Nursing Approach to Child Maltreatment 2E, here are some basic facts and definitions about medical neglect. Read More »
When working with victims of abuse, it is essential to maintain an atmosphere that allows for safety and trust. When handled properly, victims can not only come forward with their case, but they can share vital details to the multidisciplinary team that works to investigate and diagnose these cases. For children, maintaining care and trust after a traumatic event of abuse, neglect, or violence is especially important. As outlined in our newest book, Child Abuse Quick Reference Third Edition, we offer some tips for the best follow-up care with children after a traumatic incidence. Read More »
To stop child maltreatment at the source, efforts must be made not only to educate the general public but parents who are at higher risk of causing maltreatment as well. Within this population are parents engaged in domestic violence which children are exposed to. We have discussed before how domestic violence affects children in the home. Now, in our new Child Maltreatment Prevention textbook, efforts are outlined as to how domestic violence can be prevented, which can also prevent harm to children in the home.
After a traumatic event, common with abuse, maltreatment, or neglect, the psychological outcomes can leave lasting damage. Although the experience and the individual make each response unique, there are some determinants to how some victims react to traumatic events, especially in cases of child maltreatment. Below, and outlined in our Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment textbook, are some variables that affect the reactions to these events.
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On our blog, we’ve covered physical and emotional child abuse. However, the difference between abuse and neglect is distinctive. While abuse and maltreatment are interchangeable, neglect is failure to provide basic needs or failure to intervene when necessary. Featured in our Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment 2nd Edition, these types of neglect are defined and further explained.
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When head injury occurs with children, sometimes it is caused by accident and sometimes it is caused by other medical ailments. However, in some cases abuse can be involved in child head injuries. In this post, we explore indicators of abuse in head injuries during the reporting and diagnosis of the injury, as outlined in our Abusive Head Trauma Quick Reference.Read More »
Children, especially early in their lives, learn their most important lessons from their parents. However, if they’re learning from parents involved in domestic violence, the outcome can be more damaging than people believe. Many children exposed to domestic violence are affected by its outcome in each stage of life, including adulthood. In this post, we’re going to focus on how children’s health is impacted by domestic violence.Read More »