Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
In 1997, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) reported that in the United States 3 million cases were reported to Child Protective Services in 1995. Of these, more than 1 million children were identified as victims of abuse or neglect; 52% suffered neglect, 25% physical abuse, 13% sexual abuse, 5% emotional abuse, 3% medical neglect, and 14% other problems. Nationwide, there were an estimated 110 child fatalities per 100,000 child victims of maltreatment in 1995. Child maltreatment is a global issue, and the statistics from the United States only emphasize the need for a comprehensive treatise on child abuse and neglect.
Child MaltreatmentThe Battered Child. JAMA. 1998;280(5):479-480. doi:10.1001/jama.280.5.479