Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, MD
Dr. Roxanne Dryden-Edwards is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a former Chair of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities for the American Psychiatric Association, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Medical Director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.
David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP
Dr. Perlstein received his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati and then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at The New York Hospital, Cornell medical Center in New York City. After serving an additional year as Chief Pediatric Resident, he worked as a private practitioner and then was appointed Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.
- Child abuse facts
- What is child abuse?
- What are the different types of child abuse?
- What are risk factors for child abuse?
- What are symptoms and signs of child abuse?
- How do physicians diagnose child abuse?
- What is the treatment for child abuse?
- What are the complications and prognosis of child abuse?
- Is it possible to prevent child abuse?
- What should people do if they suspect that a child is being abused?
- Where can people find more information about child abuse?
Child abuse facts
- Child abuse is when a caregiver purposefully harms a child.
- About 40 million children worldwide suffer abuse every year, with more than 1,500 children dying of abuse in the United States annually.
- Survivors of child maltreatment are at greater risk for physical, emotional, work, and relationship problems throughout childhood and into adulthood.
- Common forms of child abuse include neglect, physical assault, emotional abuse, and sexual assault.
- Child abuse risk factors include issues that involve the victim, family, perpetrator, and community.
- Victims of child abuse often experience stress in reaction to the abuse as well as symptoms related to the kind of abuse they endured.
- Child abuse symptoms and signs vary according to the child's developmental stage and age.
- The treatment for child abuse involves first securing the safety of the child from further abuse and addressing any physical injuries from which the child may be suffering. The emotional needs of the child are then assessed and addressed.
- There are many ways to prevent child abuse; every state in the U.S. has child-abuse-reporting hotlines.
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