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Child Abuse

Alternate Names : Physical Abuse, Neglect, Sexual Abuse, Emotional Abuse

Child Abuse | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the injury?

A child suspected of having been abused should be evaluated immediately. The treatment will be dependent upon the injury or condition.

There are long-term emotional and psychological problems from being a victim of child abuse. Children who have been abused may benefit from counseling with a therapist. The counselor will help them work through feelings of low self-esteem, anger, and helplessness. They may also help the children learn and use new tools to protect themselves.

The parents or caretakers of the child should also receive counseling. Information about parenting skills and alternative discipline methods can be helpful. Anger management techniques can be learned.

Unfortunately, there are times when a caretaker is not able to adequately care for the child. In these instances, the child typically has to be removed from the home to protect them from further abuse.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

In general, there are no side effects from treatment of child abuse. If medications are used to treat physical or mental conditions, they may have side effects.

What happens after treatment for the injury?

Child abuse can cause long-term psychological and physical problems for the child. Long-term counseling may be needed to help the child work through feelings and develop a healthy self-concept.

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Author: Ann Reyes, Ph.D.
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 08/06/01

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