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abuse

 [ah-būs´]
misuse, maltreatment, or excessive use.
child abuse see child abuse.
domestic abuse abuse of a person by another person with whom the victim is living, has lived, or with whom a significant relationship exists. The abuse may take the form of verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical battering, or psychological (emotional) unavailability. Abuse is a learned behavior and has an escalating cycle; abusive behavior cuts across all racial, ethnic, educational, and socioeconomic boundaries.
drug abuse see drug abuse.
elder abuse maltreatment of an older adult, ranging from passive neglect of needs to overt mental, physical, or sexual assault.
physical abuse any act resulting in a nonaccidental physical injury, including not only intentional assault but also the results of unreasonable punishment.
psychoactive substance abuse substance abuse.
sexual abuse any act of a sexual nature performed in a criminal manner, as with a child or with a nonconsenting adult, including rape, incest, oral copulation, and penetration of genital or anal opening with a foreign object. The term also includes lewd or lascivious acts with a child; any sexual act that could be expected to trouble or offend another person when done by someone motivated by sexual interest; acts related to sexual exploitation, such as those related to pornography, prostitution involving minors, or coercion of minors to perform obscene acts.
substance abuse a substance use disorder characterized by the use of a mood or behavior-altering substance in a maladaptive pattern resulting in significant impairment or distress, such as failure to fulfill social or occupational obligations or recurrent use in situations in which it is physically dangerous to do so or which end in legal problems, but without fulfilling the criteria for substance dependence. Specific disorders are named for their etiology, such as alcohol abuse and anabolic steroid abuse. DSM-IV includes specific abuse disorders for alcohol, amphetamines or similar substances, cannabis, cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, opioids, PCP or similar substances, and sedatives, hypnotics, or anxiolytics. See also drug abuse.

physical abuse

[fiz′ikəl]
Etymology: Gk, physikos, natural; L, abuti, to abuse
one or more episodes of aggressive behavior, usually resulting in physical injury with possible damage to internal organs, sense organs, the central nervous system, or the musculoskeletal system of another person.

physical abuse

Pediatrics “…Inflicting bodily injury through excessive force or forcing a child to engage in physically harmful activity, such as excessive exercise, PA ↑ with poverty. See Child abuse, Spousal abuse.
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In the new law, teachers and schools have responsibility to inform police about physical abuse or they can be prosecuted," Al Shoomi added.
On November 18 , PPC attorney Heba Masalha also revealed horrific stories of maltreatment and merciless physical abuse against two Palestinian detainees who were recently detained by Israeli authorities in the West Bank, and brutally maltreated by Israeli soldiers.
Lebanon has long suffered from a pervasive culture of permissiveness when it comes to physical abuse and torture, and few political factions can claim their hands are clean.
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We had anticipated that the association between childhood physical abuse and obesity among women would be explained by factors including depression and anxiety, adult socio-economic position, alcohol abuse, and other childhood adversities, such as having a parent addicted to drugs or alcohol," study co-author and doctoral student Deborah Sinclair, said.
As a result of all the assessments, the findings of the patient suggested that the child might have been exposed to physical abuse.
According to the study, overall physical abuse increased by 0.
Researchers found the incidence of serious physical abuse was highest for children during the first year of life, at 58.
And 6% felt their employer would fail to take action on physical abuse, while a further 21% neither agreed nor disagreed.
MORE than 400 allegations of physical abuse at Britain's madrassas were made in the last three years, figures showed today.
He told local daily Al-Madinah on Friday that 45 percent of the Saudi children were subjected to various kinds of physical abuse and that 21 percent of them were being regularly beaten.
MUZAFFARABAD, May 23, 2011 (Frontier Star): Rights group Press for Peace (PFP) has demanded justice for children survivors of sexual and physical abuse in different areas of the Pakistani controlled Azad Kashmir.