Child abuse: current problems and key public health challenges

Soc Sci Med. 2000 Sep;51(6):905-15. doi: 10.1016/s0277-9536(00)00070-8.


Child abuse has recently been recognized by the World Health Organization as a major worldwide health problem impairing the health and welfare of children and adolescents. This paper attempts to look at child abuse from a public health perspective taking into account the vast cultural diversity in which children and adolescents live focusing on the issue of abuse and violence in a broad public health perspective, and trying to highlight the need for greater attention to be given to possible country-specific interventions.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data
  • Child Welfare / trends*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Public Health / trends*