The APSAC Advisor is a peer reviewed quarterly news journal for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect.
The APSAC Advisor provides succinct, data-based, practice-oriented articles that keep interdisciplinary professionals
informed of the latest developments in policy and practice the field of child maltreatment. It is designed to highlight
best practices in the field and publish original articles and current information about child maltreatment for professionals
from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, law, law enforcement, social work, child protective services, psychology,
public health and prevention in the U.S.
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2010 Number 1
In the field of medical evaluation of suspected child sexual abuse, research studies and expert opinion have provided the basis for several revisions of an approach to interpreting medical and laboratory findings in children who may have been sexually abused. A description of a current revision was published in the Summer 2005 issue of the APSAC Advisor (Vol. 17, No. 3). The most recent version of this approach was published in 2007 after a process of consensus development (Adams et al., 2007). This article describes new studies published since the 2007 paper was submitted, describes recently completed systematic reviews of older studies, and makes suggestions for updating the Approach to Interpretation table.
Preventing child abuse and neglect spares children physical and psychological pain and improves their long-term health outcomes. Dubowitz (2002) noted that prevention “is intuitively and morally preferable to intervening after the fact.” Therefore, the potential for harm to adults from child maltreatment calls us to action. Early intervention may be more effective in preventing abuse and neglect, may save money for society, and may improve peoples’ overall health and well-being, perhaps the most important goals a society can accomplish.
The purpose of Journal Highlights is to alert readers to current literature on child abuse. Selected articles from journals representing the variety of disciplines reflected in APSAC's membership are presented in the form of an annotated bibliography.