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Child abuse and neglect

In a study sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10.8% of adults reported having been physically abused as children, and 11.1% reported psychological abuse. Infants and young children are at greater risk than older children; neglect is more commonly reported than physical, psychological, or sexual abuse, according to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System.

As a pediatric primary care provider (PCP), you play a vital role in detecting and preventing child abuse and neglect.


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