Understanding and reporting child abuse: Legal and psychological perspectives - Part two. Emotional abuse and secondary abuse

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Emotional abuse and secondary abuse of children are increasingly recognized within the mental health and legal professions as at least as damaging to adjustment as physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. However, emotional and secondary abuse are relatively more difficult for mandated reporters to recognize and document, and reporting laws are problematic. This review article was written to acquaint professionals with the seriousness and prevalence of emotional and secondary child abuse and with the issues surrounding the reporting of such abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-481
Number of pages39
JournalJournal of Psychiatry and Law
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law

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