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The Physical Effects of Child Abuse

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Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City

900 North Portland Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73107

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Learn about Abusive Head Trauma and other physical injuries and the long lasting effects on children.

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Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), historically called “Shaken Baby Syndrome”, is a condition in which a young child (usually in the first year of life) is injured by violent force by a caretaker. The clinical findings include: injury to the brain, fractures (typically to the ribs and growth plates of the bones), bleeding in the eyes and external injury (bruising). Over the past decade there have been news reports indicating that the existence of AHT has been questioned in the courtroom. This talk will discuss the science behind AHT and frame some of the criticisms raised in the courtroom. This talk will also discuss other physical injuries and the lifelong effects these injuries including AHT cause.

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