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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2009 Apr;56(2):363-78. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2009.01.003.

Tackling child neglect: a role for pediatricians.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 520 W. Lombard Street, 1st Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA. hdubowitz@peds.umaryland.edu

Abstract

Child neglect, the most prevalent form of maltreatment, poses challenges for pediatricians. There often is uncertainty regarding what constitutes neglect and how best to address it. The complexity is compounded by the many ways neglect can manifest. This article first discusses why neglect is so important a concern and then provides definitional considerations and a description of forms of neglect. Next presented are principles for assessing and addressing neglect and suggestions for prevention and advocacy.

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