Forensic medical evaluations of child maltreatment: A proposed research agenda

Howard Dubowitz, Cindy W. Christian, Kent Hymel, Nancy D. Kellogg

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Physicians play an important role in the forensic evaluation of suspected child abuse and neglect. There has been considerable progress in the medical field, helping distinguish findings related to maltreatment from other conditions or circumstances. Nevertheless, important questions remain. This article covers several of these questions and proposes a research agenda concerning five main topics: sexual abuse, neglect, fractures, abusive head trauma, and physicians work in interdisciplinary settings. The suggestions are hardly inclusive, but offer suggestions the authors think are priorities, and ones that research could reasonably address. By providing some background to gaps in our knowledge, this paper should be of interest to a broader audience than just medical professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1734-1746
Number of pages13
JournalChild Abuse and Neglect
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Forensic
  • Medical evaluation
  • Research agenda

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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