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Child abuse and neglect in sub-Saharan Africa

  • O. O. Famuyiwa (a1)
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Child abuse could be defined from predominantly legal, clinical and research perspectives, and attempts at an integrative enunciation are fraught with over-inclusiveness. Meadow (1989) proposed that a child is considered to be abused if he or she is treated by an adult in a way that is unacceptable in a given culture at a given time. This definition usefully incorporates the essential issues including secularity and diversity of socio-cultural norms which often create controversy in case detection and are particularly relevant to the debate.

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