Child Abuse And Neglect Of Children

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“Over the past decade, more than 20,000 children in America are believed to have been killed in their own homes by family members; that is four times the number of troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, giving America the worst reports of child abuse in the industrialized world” (Radford 2011). There are four types of abuse that must be understood before reporting; physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and physical or emotional neglect. Child abuse leaves such a strong impact on the victim’s life even after transitioning into an adult; he/she is still a prisoner of their childhood; attempting to create a new life, still recalling the events of the trauma. The key concept for preventing and reducing child abuse and neglect is understanding; understand the causes, the terms, and most of all understand the problem. Most child fatalities regarding child abuse and neglect usually go unreported in the system. “Studies in Colorado and North Carolina have estimated as many as 50-60 percent of deaths resulting from abuse or neglect are not recorded; these studies indicate that neglect is the most under-recorded form of fatal maltreatment” (“Child Abuse in the U.S” 2006). Many children who experience Abuse often receive it from within their own families, parents who were probably abused and neglected themselves; even circumstances place the families under excruciating stress which can have a huge impact on how the child is raised or treated. Since children are unable to fully understand or explain the impact of the abuse, “professionals rely on the development of symptomatic behaviors to signal underlying emotional difficulties” (Gil 6). Leman (1980) and others (Summit & Kryso 1978; Sgroi 1982) have constantly emphasized ... ... middle of paper ... ...he spanking of children has declined since” (Tower 423). To enhance educational efforts in the future, sponsors divide families into three different categories: consumer, dependent, and resistant families. Consumer families are the ones that recognize their role in preventing acts of abuse and find different ways to help, such as voluntarily singing up for educational groups. Dependent families are who need a little more push when it comes to knowing how to access the help provided to them and require a follow up on how they proceeded with the information and strategies given. But, the resistant families are the ones who refuse the help provided to them, are dysfunctional, abuse drugs and alcohol in their homes, and have deficient parenting skills. “By categorizing families, prevention efforts can be tailored to the needs of the specific populations” (Wulczyn, 2006)

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