The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2015 , Vol 57 , Num 5
The perceptions of pediatricians regarding their self-efficacy in child neglect and abuse
Clinics of 1Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and 4Psychiatry, Kahramanmaraş Necip Fazıl City Hospital, Kahramanmaraş, 2Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ufuk University Rıdvan Ege Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, 3Clinics of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Aksaray Hospital, Aksaray, Turkey, E-mail: Received: 3 June 2015, Revised: 7 September 2015, Accepted: 5 October 2015 Gül H, Yürümez E, Yaylalı FH, Gül A. The perceptions of the pediatricians regarding their self-efficacy in child neglect and abuse. Turk J Pediatr 2015; 57: 475-481.

Child abuse is one of the most severe forms of childhood trauma which has pervasive and long-lasting effects on children, their families, and the society. These effects, impairing the development of the victims, extend far beyond childhood into adolescence and adulthood. Pediatricians are the most common group of clinicians who encounter abused children immediately. Therefore, it is important for a pediatrician to be aware of the symptoms of abuse and neglect, and to feel sufficient about reporting in order to release and prevent the trauma. We aimed to assess awareness and self-efficacy about recognizing, diagnosing and reporting. Pediatricians completed the questionnaire created by the researchers. There were differences about pediatricians’ perception of self-efficacy and approach to abuse. Pediatricians experience difficulties about the diagnosis of child abuse and neglect through the process from examination to reporting. Keywords : child, child abuse, self-efficacy, sexual abuse of child.

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