Reference of this article: Casado Blanco M, Hurtado Sendin P. Clinical and medicolegal evaluation of abuse in children. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2002;4:405-414.
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32 cases of physical abuse are presented picked up among all cases reported during 12
months, in the Area of Health and in the Court of the city of Badajoz.
The results were protocolized and analysed in the following way: 1) associated to the
victims themselves, 2) related to the ancestors, 3) factors associated to the family structure,
4) mechanisms or methods used in the realization of the aggressions, and type of the more
The results show that the mistreated child?s profile is variable and in him/her converge
interrelated factors, but in a generic way we can affirm that they are children and adolescents, with age 6 to 14 years, and with certain delay of school level, regarding their age. In
reference to the family structure, in general, they are families constituted by young parents,
24-28 years, generally present a low education level, with unemployment or scarce activity,
and in certain cases related with delinquency and tendency to dependency and/or abuses of
alcohol and drugs.
With all this we make a call of attention to different collectives related with the children,
to be able to detect, to distinguish and to denounce the cases.
Keywords● Abuses ● Childhood ● Legal medicine ● Paediatrics