Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004, 8:00 PM

DISCOVERING CHILD ABUSE

presenter: Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Ph.D.
discussant: Steven Reisner, M.D.

This lecture with slides will present the history of how the field of “child abuse and neglect” (CAN) was constructed after the 1962 publication of Kempe et. al.’s article, “The Battered Child Syndrome.”

After forty years of research, the field now has four subfields defined in terms of the means used to maltreat children: physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. This lecture will question the usefulness of this classification, and will go on to examine what psychoanalysis can contribute to framing the study of the heterogeneous phenomenon of child maltreatment.