Volume 10, Issue 1 (1981)
Child Abuse and Neglect: The School Psychologist's Role
Donald Kline, Phyllis Cole, Phil Fox
ABSTRACT: It is estimated that nearly one-half of child abuse and neglect cases in the United States involve school age children. Studies have shown that there is a higher percentage of special education and institutional placements for abused children than for non-abused children; a higher frequency of academic difficulties and school behavior problems is also reported among abused children. School psychologists need to be aware of indicators of possible child abuse or neglect, and of their professional and legal responsibilities to report suspected incidents. The school psychologist is in a particularly advantageous position to assist in the prevention and treatment of school age children abuse and neglect, and to stimulate research in this area.
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