There are many causes on the various types of child abuse. Child abuse is when violence and cruelty occur against children. Eight percent of all children abused are emotionally maltreated. Sixteen percent are sexually abused. Twenty-seven percent are physically abused.
According to Herrenkohl, “Research shows that various forms of early adversity, including child abuse and child neglect (child maltreatment), can carry long-term developmental consequences for children (Herrenkohl)”. Some adults do not understand the needs of their children. Some parents’ growing up may not had any good care as a child, and may think it is okay to treat their kids the same way. The effects of child neglect are health and physical effect, social and behavioral effect, emotional and psychological effect, intellectual and cognitive effect, and the child adulthood. Children are at an increased risk for emotional behavioral problems regardless if they were directly abused or not (Foundation).
Every year millions of children are abused and neglected worldwide. Child abuse is a global concern. It has severe outcomes on the children who are victims, and often the effects are long-lasting. Child abuse is a highly under-reported crime although of those reported, neglect accounts for the majority of child abuse cases (Pala, Ünalacak, & Ünlüoğlu, 2011). Neglect in children often has more dire consequences than other types of child abuse (DePanfilis, Children’s Bureau, & Office on Child Abuse & Neglect, 2006).
Research proves that child abuse is not only in poverty stricken, or uneducated homes, but occurring in all social ranks. Child abuse occurs daily in all social classes of society. Each year fatalities in youth increase. On average, four to seven kids die daily from prolonged neglect and abuse (National). Kids from the time they are born to four years of age are more likely to die from this physical abuse (Statistics).
Almost one out of every 100 children in the United States is abused as a child and an average of five children die every day from child abuse (USDHHS). Some cases may be worse than others may, but child abuse still has a dramatic effect on a person’s life as it continues to affect the victim through their adolescence and into their adulthood. What effects does child abuse have on a child’s life from their adolescence and into their adulthood? Child abuse is a major issue our Nation has. Bridget Schulte from The Washington Post addressed this problem that our Nation has with Child abuse through her article, “Effects of Child Abuse, if Untreated, Can Last a Lifetime, Report Finds” Bridget reported a major study that was irrelevant to others in the past 20 years on child abuse and neglect.
Neglect differs from physical and sexual abuse because it is “usually typified by an ongoing pattern of inadequate care and is readily observed by individuals in close contact with the child.” (www.psychologytoday.com, “Child Neglect”). Children who experience neglect can feel as if they are worthless and that they need to provide for themselves. Neglect of a child may cause the child to have frequent absences from school, be caught stealing or begging for necessities, lacking medical and dental care, lacks sufficient necessities, abuses alcohol or other drugs, and may even state that they have no caregiver at home. The current effect of child neglect can lead to bigger mental effects as the child grows and becomes an adult. Carola Finch explain in “The Long-Term Effect of Childhood Emotional Neglect” that adults who experience neglect as a child may still show signs of it in their adulthood by being very hard on themselves, lacking a sense of belonging, feel they have not met their life goals, feel isolated, and are not in touch with their feelings.
These kinds of abuses harm the child’s mental and physical health. The emotional and psychological effects of maltreatment may be far more harmful to the well being of the child than the apparent physical injury. Many studies indicate that abused children are at increase risk of becoming like their parents and repeating the abusive pattern of child rearing to which they were exposed (national committee for prevention of child abuse 1983). Background Child abuse and neglect has recently become the focus of attention of all prevention centers and organizations for children care. Mistreatment of children has existed through history.
Many people have suffered from child abuse, thus making it a very sad subject. One in six boys and one in four girls suffer from child abuse. Evidence shows there is no real way to stop all of it because it is scattered everywhere. “Most children become victims of abuse and neglect at 18 months or younger.”(Staff) People don’t realize how it affects the victim down the road. “About 80 percent of 21-year-olds who were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder” (Smith).
Child abuse is one of the most tragic problems in America today. Each year, over three million American children are beaten, neglected, or sexually abused by their parents or guardians. Infants only a few days old as well as teenagers are subject to child abuse. There are four types of child abuse: physical abuse, physical neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. Child abuse is a serious problem that plagues America's youth and must be stopped.
Child Abuse Child abuse has been known one of the major destructions of lives in the society. National center for injury control and prevention for child maltreatment has made it known that over a million of children suffer from child abuse, while some children lose their lives from maltreatment. More than seven children die as a result of child abuse, and some programs have been developed in order to help children from being abused. There are only four major types of abuses: emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. Child abuse has been found to have bad effects on the lives of the abused victims.