Each year approximately 1,000,000 child become the victims of abuse or neglect. The detrimental effects of child maltreatment (CM) have been well documented and create significant problems for the survivors and for society as well. All fifty states have enacted mandatory reporting laws to combat the CM epidemic. As mandated reporters, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives (APRNs) have the opportunity and responsibilities to identify and refer potential victims of CM, in this study a significant percentage choose not to report their suspicions. Respondents to the study survey identified several potential barriers to APRN reporting such as lack of education and training about CM, negative perceptions of child protective services and lack of physical evidence indicating CM occurred.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Barlow, Steven Lee, "Nurse Practitioner Barriers to Reporting Child Maltreatment" (2011). Theses and Dissertations. 2672.
abuse, barriers, child, maltreatment, reporting, nurse practitioner