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Table 1 Definitions of maltreatment types 1 used by the CPT at University Children's' Hospital Zurich

From: Methodological challenges in following up patients of a hospital child protection team: is there a recruitment bias?

Type of maltreatment Definition
Physical maltreatment Intentional use of physical force against a child that results in, or has the potential to result in, physical injury.
Psychological maltreatment Intentional caregiver behavior that conveys to a child that he/she is worthless, flawed, unloved, unwanted, endangered, or of value only in meeting another's needs.
Neglect Failure by the caregiver to provide basic physical and psychological needs and failure by the caregiver to ensure a child's safety within and outside the home given the child's emotional and developmental needs.
Sexual maltreatment Any completed or attempted sexual act, sexual contact with, or exploitation of a child by a caregiver. Non-contact sexual maltreatment can include acts that expose a child to sexual activity, filming of a child in a sexual manner, sexual harassment, or prostitution of a child.
  1. Note. 1 Extended versions of these definitions have been reported elsewhere [1].