physical abuse


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
This included one due to harassment in Cheshire, one due to verbal abuse in East Sussex, one due to physical abuse in Essex and one due to objects being thrown in Greater Manchester.
Conclusion: There is high burden of physical abuse among the domestic child labour and these children are malnourished.
Children who have experienced childhood physical abuse are also at an increased risk for developing anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder as adults (Kaplow & Spatz-Widom, 2007; Twaite & Rodriguez-Srednicki, 2004).
Physical abuse is defined as "the deliberate, malicious use of physical strength for the intentional purpose of delivering harm to another individual in the form of spitting, punching, shoving, kicking, biting, scratching, stabbing or shooting the intended victim" (Trahan, 2014, p.
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.
Hypothesis 2: teaching bad effects of child abuse by electronic software reduces child abuse behavior of the parents considering physical abuse.
The family had changed three homes apparently because Amir was afraid that neighbours who got to know of the physical abuse at his home might intervene.
After adjusting for age and race, childhood physical abuse was associated with 47% higher odds of obesity for women" lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson, Professor and Sandra Rotman Endowed Chair in the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, said.
While 14 child abuse cases were not listed, physical abuse cases came third with 10 cases, including eight males and two females, and finally two negligence cases were recorded.
Physical abuse of children can be diagnosed more easily compared to other cases of abuse.
The cute 'Modern Family' star is in a whole mess of family drama, accusing her mom of verbal and physical abuse.