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Development after Physical Abuse in Early Childhood

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 28 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1175
  1. Danya Glaser

    Physical abuse is the commonest category on child protection registers (41% in 1994). Although most physical abuse is not serious, several follow up studies have shown a poor outcome for these children's development. The study reported in this book throws interesting light on factors determining longer term outcome for a group of children physically abused in early life.

    A cohort of 170 children, registered for physical abuse under the age of 5, were followed up 9-10 years later. In all, 86% of the sample had been physically injured, mostly receiving superficial soft tissue injuries, and the remainder were considered to be at serious risk …

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