School Psychology Review

Child Abuse and Neglect: A Review of the Literature

Mark S. Gelardo, Esther E. Sanford

pp. 137-155

Mini-Series on Psychological Maltreatment of Children

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ABSTRACT: The present article provides a comprehensive overview of the current literature concerning the physical abuse and neglect of children. Research examining the epidemiology and etiology of this social disorder, as well as parent and child characteristics and the effects of maltreatment on children is reviewed. Increased knowledge can offer the clinician improved ability for the intervention, treatment, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.