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NCJ Number: 99222 Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse - A Manual for Medical Personnel
Author(s): J Mead; C Campbell; E Sanson
Corporate Author: For Kids Sake, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 65
Sponsoring Agency: For Kids Sake, Inc.
Lake Elsinore, CA 92532
Sale Source: For Kids Sake, Inc.
29280 Central Avenue, Suite G
Lake Elsinore, CA 92532
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual and reference guide for medical personnel examines procedures for the reporting, detection, and investigation of physical and sexual child abuse.
Abstract: Following a brief history of child abuse, guidelines for suspecting abuse are presented. Medical procedures required for filing an adequate report of suspected abuse are outlined. The requirements of mandatory child abuse reporting laws are provided, together with a discussion of civil, criminal, and professional liability associated with failures to report. A summary of reporting laws by State also is presented, and the issue of physician-patient relationships and confidentiality is discussed. Causes of abuse and neglect, such as parental stress or unrealistic expectations, are detailed; behavioral symptoms, indicative of possible abuse, that may be manifested by the child and the parent are presented. Also provided are protocols for nurses and physicians evaluating possible child abuse victims. Guidelines for the identification of various wounds are presented, including abrasions, contusions, lacerations, bone trauma and fractures, and burns. A checklist for medical diagnosis also is provided. Finally, physical and behavioral signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse are considered. An appendix includes a national resource directory, a glossary, photographs, and approximately 100 references.
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse reporting; Child Sexual Abuse; Medical evaluation; Procedure manuals
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