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Abuse and Neglect

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Abuse can take many forms. It may be physical, psychological, sexual, or financial. Neglect occurs when a caregiver doesn't meet the basic needs of a child, elder, or dependent adult.

What are the causes and risks of the injury?

A combination of psychological, social, and economic troubles may contribute to abuse and neglect. Financial hardship caused by drug abuse or chronic medical conditions increases the risk for abuse and neglect. The risk is highest among families with many serious problems. Children who have been abused may grow up to abuse others.

Abuse and neglect can also take place in nursing homes or other care settings. Overworked, poorly trained staff might be more likely to abuse vulnerable residents.

The long-term effects of abuse and neglect are many and varied. Emotional, psychological, and physical damage can take years to heal. In some cases, the trauma is never completely resolved. Death can even occur in extreme cases.


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Abuse and Neglect: Symptoms & Signs

Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
Date Reviewed: 08/22/01

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