What are the risk factors for child abuse?

There are many risk factors that contribute to child abuse. All children are at risk for abusive experiences, but the risk goes up when one or more of the following characteristics are present:

Community/society: high unemployment, poverty, criminal activity and lack of social services

Family: unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, criminal history, single parent, substance abuse, mental health problems, emotional immaturity, poor coping, low self-esteem, lack of parenting skills, and personal history of child maltreatment

Child: disabled child, prematurity, disagreeable personality features
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