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Abused Child Types
Five major types of child abuse include:
- Emotional abuse:
- Destructive emotional responses to the child's emotions from the caregiver
- Psychological abuse:
- Destructive caregiver behavior that damages the mental functions of a child
- Physical abuse:
- Non-accidental injury to a child caused by an adult, including physical punishment.
- Sexual abuse:
- An interaction in which the child is sexually exploited.
- The caregiver fails to meet the basic needs of a child.
PubMed Abused Child References
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- Ledbetter EO. An ethical approach to intervention/prevention of child maltreatment. Adv Pediatr. 2003;50:215-29. 
- Tenney-Soeiro R, Wilson C. An update on child abuse and neglect. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2004 Apr;16(2):233-7. 
- Tolan P, Gorman-Smith D, Henry D. Family Violence. Annu Rev Psychol. 2005 Aug 31.