Educating medical students about adolescent maltreatment Article (Faculty180)

cited authors

  • Knox, Michele; Pelletier, Heather; Vieth, Victor


  • The purpose of the current study was to examine the effects of training first year medical students using a Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) elective course. The 9-month course was taught by a multidisciplinary group of professionals and addressed prevention, identification, reporting, and responding to all forms of child and adolescent maltreatment. It was hypothesized that, relative to students in a comparison group, students who completed the elective course would report being significantly more prepared to identify signs of maltreatment, to report a case of suspected maltreatment, and to recommend or secure needed services for a maltreated child or adolescent, more likely to report suspected maltreatment, even if they did not know for sure it happened, and demonstrate improved knowledge in the areas of maltreatment identification and reporting. Results supported all five of the study‚Äôs hypotheses and indicate that the CAST program may be an effective method of better preparing future physicians to address child and adolescent maltreatment.


publication date

  • 2013

start page

  • 301

end page

  • 308


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