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Editorial
January 5, 2015

Why It Matters to Know the Relationship Between Child Abuse and Neglect and Sexual Offending

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, Seattle, Washington
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(1):e143365. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.3365

The link between child abuse and neglect and later problems has been addressed in many studies. An Institute of Medicine report1 reviewed child abuse and neglect outcomes and documented a broad range of deleterious effects on health, mental health, antisocial behavior, and social and economic functioning. The studies reviewed had varying degrees of methodical rigor; prospective studies with control groups of nonabused children are most likely to definitively answer the important questions.

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