Child Abuse & Neglect

Child abuse and neglect include acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that result in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child.  The five primary forms of maltreatment are physical abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, emotional maltreatment and exposure to domestic violence.

For a document that outlines definitions of frequently used terms in child abuse and neglect research, see the page with the glossary of social work and child maltreatment related terms.

You can get more information on the signs of child maltreatment from the Family Violence Initiative, operated by the Department of Justice of Canada. You can also contact Kid’s Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 for further information.

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, or are looking for information about services for children or families experiencing difficulties you can contact your local child welfare authority. Click here to find the local child authority agency in your province or territory. Please visit our FAQs section to learn more about child abuse and neglect.

Title Authors Year Type of Publication
Physical and mental health of sexually abused boys: A 5 year matched-control and cohort study
Daigneault, Isabelle
Bourgeois, Catherine
Vézina-Gagnon, Pascale
Alie-Poirier, Alexane
Dargan, Sonia
Hébert, Martine
Frappier, Jean-Yves
2016 Journal article
Mindfulness as mediator and moderator of post-traumatic symptomatology in adolescence following childhood sexual abuse or assault
Daigneault, Isabelle
Dion, Jacinthe
Hébert, Martine
Bourgeois, Catherine
2016 Journal article
Three types of adverse childhood experiences, and alcohol and drug dependence among adults: An investigation using population-based data
Fuller-Thomson, Esme
Roane, Jessica L. 
Brennenstuhl, Sarah
2016 Journal article
The disclosure experiences of male child sexual abuse survivors
Gagnier, Charlotte
Collin-Vézina, Delphine
2016 Journal article
Child sexual abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, and mental health problems among high schools students: A moderated mediated model
Hébert, Martine 
Cénat, Jude Mary
Blais, Martin
Lavoie, Francine
Guerrier, Mireille
2016 Journal article
The association between peer victimization, PTSD, and dissociation in child victims of sexual abuse
Hébert, Martine
Langevin, Rachel
Daigneault, Isabelle
2016 Journal article
Sleep problems and dissociation in preschool victims of sexual abuse
Hébert, Martine
Langevin, Rachel
Guidi, Elisa
Allard-Dansereau, Claire
2016 Journal article
Child sexual abuse as a risk factor for teen dating violence: Findings from a representative sample of Quebec youth
Hébert, Martine
Moreau, Catherine
Blais, Martin
Lavoie, Francine
Guerrier, Mireille
2016 Journal article
The relation of childhood maltreatment to psychotic symptoms in adolescents and young adults with depression
Holshausen, Katherine
Bowie, Christopher R.
Harkness, Kate L. 
2016 Journal article
Gender differences in emotion-mediated pathways from childhood sexual abuse to problem drinking in adolescents in the child welfare system
Hudson, Amanda
Wekerle, Christine
Goldstein, Abby L. 
Ellenbogen, Stephen
Waechter, Randall
Thompson, Kara
Stewart, Sherry H. 
2016 Journal article