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The obstetric histories and early lives of 28 subsequently abused children are reviewed. The youngest child, more often male, was shown to be most 'at risk' especially of the mother was pregnant. Reduced antenatal care, separation of mother and child during the neonatal peroid, illness, poor features. It is felt that these and other difficulties may be regarded as 'environmental pressures' leading to child abuse by susceptible indivisuals, early recognition of such situations could lead to preventive and supportive measures.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Arch Dis Child

Publication Date

01/1975

Volume

50

Pages

78 - 80

Keywords

Age Factors, Battered Child Syndrome, Child Abuse, Child, Preschool, Female, Housing, Humans, Infant, London, Male, Mental Disorders, Postnatal Care, Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Unwanted, Social Environment, Socioeconomic Factors