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July 1989

The Battered Child

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(7):968. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070020030021

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Abstract

Over 25 years ago, Dr Henry Kempe coined the phrase "the battered child" for children who are abused and neglected. Since that time, professionals and the public at large have become more knowledgeable about this problem. Laws have been passed to facilitate recognition of the problem and help with prevention. The abuse continues; the need for a resource of information about this problem persists. This volume, now updated in its fourth edition, is to a large degree such a resource. It consists of four parts.

"... an essential resource..."

Part I reviews the historical precedent for child abuse. It discusses the way stress and crises affect parent-child interaction and further psychodynamics of child abuse. Part II covers the multidisciplinary team-assessment responsibilities, focusing on family members and their interactions. Part III presents material regarding intervention and treatment. Protective services, child therapy, law enforcement, and foster placement are reviewed. Part IV covers

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