Inflicted and noninflicted injuries: differences in child and familial characteristics

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1987 Oct;57(4):525-535. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1987.tb03568.x.


Clinicians involved in child protection work are frequently confronted with decisions as to whether a child's injury is inflicted or accidental. This study examines child, parental, familial, and environmental characteristics in a group of 25 abused children compared to a group of 90 children with accidents. Significant differences and commonalities are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / psychology*
  • Child Rearing
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Family*
  • Humans
  • Mother-Child Relations
  • Social Environment*
  • Wounds and Injuries / psychology*