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Child Maltreat. 2001 May;6(2):148-57.

The importance of culture in treating abused and neglected children: an empirical review.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA.


There is growing evidence that cultural factors may influence symptom development and treatment referral patterns among abused and neglected children. To date, few treatment outcome studies have specifically examined the impact of race, culture, or ethnicity on treatment response among maltreated children. Those that have attempted to include these factors have typically suffered from lack of clarity of the meaning of these terms. This article reviews the available empirical evidence that addresses the influence of culture on symptom formation, treatment-seeking behaviors, treatment preference, and response following child maltreatment. Hypotheses regarding these findings are addressed, and implications for practice, research, and public policy are discussed.

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