About four children die each day in the U.S. as the result of abuse and neglect. While some abused children grow up to live outwardly normal lives, many who have been subjected to abuse or neglect become adults with various behavioral issues stemming from that abuse. Some suffer lifelong disabilities, both physical and psychological. Many perpetuate the life of violence they have suffered, which keeps the cycle of domestic violence going with their own partners, spouses and children. Many also lead a life of crime, with a 59% increase in the likelihood of being arrested as juveniles, a 28% greater chance of being arrested as adults and a 30% greater likelihood of committing violent crimes as adults. Healthcare providers in all settings are presented with opportunities to identify families at risk for child abuse. Knowledge of risk factors, signs of abuse/neglect and prevention strategies are necessary to disrupt the cycle of abuse.
The goal of this continuing education module is to update nurses’, certified medical assistants’, health educators’, occupational therapists’, physicians’ and social workers’ ability to recognize, report and if appropriate treat victims of child abuse. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify signs and symptoms that may indicate that a child is a victim of abuse
- Name four risk factors each for becoming a perpetrator and a victim of child abuse
- Relate essential elements that must be documented in cases of suspected child abuse
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative & Regulatory Issues
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, certified medical assistants, health educators, occupational therapists, physicians and social workers.
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