Monday, December 14, 2009

child abuse -- keywords and MeSH

This search statement was designed to retrieve records concerning child sexual abuse and those records corresponding to articles that cover child abuse in general but include information about child sexual abuse. Additional terms would be needed to recover all articles about non-sexual child abuse (e.g. "shaken baby", etc.) . One could make the search statement more specific but less comprehensive by requiring that "adversity" and the various trauma keywords appear in phrases including a term for childhood.

(((child OR child's OR children OR children's OR stepchild OR stepchildren OR step-child OR step-children OR kid OR kids OR girl OR girls OR boy OR boys OR teenage* OR youth* OR youngster* OR adolescent* OR adolescence OR preschool* OR pre-school* OR kindergarten* OR "elementary school" OR "junior high" OR "middle school" OR "high school" OR high-schooler* OR elementary-school OR junior-high OR middle-school OR high-school OR juvenile* OR minors[tiab] OR childhood OR pediatric* OR pediatrician* OR paediatric* OR paediatrician*) AND (assault* OR abus* OR maltreatment* OR molest* OR rape OR raped OR rapes OR raping OR Sodom* OR trauma[tiab] OR traumas[tiab] OR traumatic[tiab] OR violen* OR crime OR criminal OR victim* OR pedophil* OR paedophil* OR incest* OR "adverse life event" OR "adverse life events" OR adversity OR "adverse experiences" OR "adverse experience")) OR ("Child Abuse"[Mesh] OR "Adult Survivors of Child Abuse"[Mesh]))