skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 228648 Find in a Library
Title: Disparities in the Medical Examination of Children in the Home of a Child with Suspected Physical Abuse
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:9  Dated:September 2009  Pages:612-617
Author(s): Kristine A. Campbell; Janet Squires; Lawrence J. Cook; Rachel P. Berger
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 6
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes current practice in the medical examination of children identified in a home with a child with suspected physical abuse.
Abstract: At least 5 percent of all identified contacts had medical findings concerning for abuse at the time of referral of another child in the home. One-quarter of identified contacts received a medical examination, but the findings suggest social and racial disparities regarding which contact children receive such examinations. The results reflect a need to work towards the development of evidence-based protocols that will reduce disparities in reporting and investigation of children with possible exposure to abuse. Prior research suggests that contact children identified in the home of an abused index child are at high risk for subsequent abuse reports. This study is one of the first descriptive studies of the medical and social response to children identified in a home with a child reported for suspected physical abuse. It identifies factors associated with medical examination of a contact child after a report of suspected physical abuse in an index child. A review was conducted of all index children reported for suspected physical abuse from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg and all contact children identified and examined in the course of the evaluation of the index child. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Abused children; Domestic relations; Family histories; Home environment; Medical evaluation; Sibling influences on behavior
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.