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The battered child: a study of the role of services in 25 cases of child abuse in The Netherlands.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6686476     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
With the help of a questionnaire and the study of 25 cases of child abuse from 1973 to 1976, the course of assistance given by various services and social workers involved was followed and the extent of the coordination between them was assessed. The starting point was the fact that when child abuse has reached the crisis stage many different bodies give immediate assistance to both the child and his parents. Later on, however, as help continues, it is not clear which of the persons or bodies concerned is really in charge of the case. The following conclusions were drawn: Abused children came from multiproblem families who often already have had contact with care or welfare services though no steps had been taken to intervene before ill-treatment was verified. Many parents confessed to ill-treatment of their child and desired help. Abused children were subjected to longer than usual hospital stays due to lack of reception facilities outside the hospital. Most ill-treated children abused enough to be hospitalized, were placed away from home although half of the parents did not agree with that decision. Of those later returned to their parents, over half had to be removed later for renewed ill-treatment and neglect. The need for one body to coordinate and be responsible for execution of plans for treatment was stressed.
W H Wolters; M A Dekker-Roelofs
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child abuse & neglect     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0145-2134     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Abuse Negl     Publication Date:  1983  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-03-12     Completed Date:  1984-03-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801702     Medline TA:  Child Abuse Negl     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  301-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Battered Child Syndrome
Child Abuse*
Child Welfare*
Child, Hospitalized
Child, Preschool
Interinstitutional Relations
Length of Stay
Social Work / methods*

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