Pediatrics Posted Hibbard
This took a while. ‘Good things come to those who wait’ – that phrase is from a whiskey ad, actually – and i’d rather think that good things come to those who work. We worked hard to get this letter written, submitted and now accepted. I want to thank my coauthors: Mary Crowley, Barbara Evans, Kerry Fair, Ruth Freeman, Howard King and Cindy Knapp, especially Howard King who wrote one last inquiry to the editor and it got his attention. My almost three-year-old grand baby Cora says triumphantly, when she gets to the top of the jungle gym, ‘I did it!’ In this case, it’s ‘We Did It!’
Our comment begins . . .
“We are writing as parenting educators to invite you – pediatricians and other medical and mental health care professionals – to begin, or continue, a dialogue about the services we can each best provide to parents in the interest of our common goal: promoting the health and well-being of children, young people and their families….”
See our full comment: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/2/372.full/reply#pediatrics_el_54445 entitled: ‘Well parent’ services can complement ‘well child’ visits
And read the full Clinical Report: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/2/372.full entitled: “Psychological Maltreatment”
The article’s abstract begins: “Psychological or emotional maltreatment of children may be the most challenging and prevalent form of child abuse and neglect. Caregiver behaviors include acts of omission (ignoring need for social interactions) or commission (spurning, terrorizing); may be verbal or nonverbal, active or passive, and with or without intent to harm; and negatively affect the child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and/or physical development.”
We have lots to do, don’t we!?
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