Child Abuse: Clinical, Ethical, & Legal Issues

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the epidemiology of child abuse among the American populace
  2. Describe the predisposing factors for child abuse
  3. Identify the categories of child abuse
  4. Recognize clinical signs observable on child abuse victims
  5. Recognize clinical findings and conditions that mimic child abuse
  6. Recognize typical behaviors of child abusers in the healthcare setting
  7. Discuss the ethical and legal implications of child abuse for healthcare practitioners
  8. Describe the impact of child abuse situations on healthcare practitioners

Pennsylvania license holders: We recommend you take the online course offered by the University of Pittsburgh ( They will report your course completion electronically to the Pennsylvania Department of State professional licensing board.

Lesson 1 is a tutorial. If you have already viewed it, click Start This Lesson next to Lesson 1, then immediately click the green MARK COMPLETE button below the Lesson 1 video to advance to Lesson 2.