This paper explores the numerous effects neglect has on a child's development. If a child lacks the necessary attachment and stimulation during the critical first years, they will have profound developmental issues throughout life. Possibly the most important aspects that are affected by neglect are the brain and a child's social development. Looking into the case of the Romanian orphans, readers will be able to see the harsh consequences. Severe neglect is child abuse that often goes unnoticed and is hard to reverse.
The effects of exposure can vary from direct effects such as behavioral and developmental issues to interpersonal relationships, all of which lead to detrimental prospects on the child’s development. This paper will explore those effects and how it affects children. Exposure to violence in the first years of life brings about helplessness and terror which can be attributed to the lack of protection received by the parent. The child can no longer trust their parent as a protector (Lieberman 2007). This lack of trust early in life can bring about serious problems later in life, as there is no resolution to the first psychosocial crisis, trust vs. mistrust.
According to the latest UNICEF reports, literally hundreds of millions of children throughout the world are victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation. In the United States alone, more than three millions of children are reported to official agencies for severe maltreatment in any given year (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2007). Numbers in statistics are frightening and still half of us believe that child’s maltreatment is rare, and that it cannot be happening right next to us. The other half of the society thinks that we should not get involved in ways the parents are “raising and disciplining” their own children. There is a thin line between “keeping them under control” and maltreating in a way that can harm children in profound ways.
Child abuse consists of any act or failure to act that endangers a child’s physical or emotional health and development. A person caring for a child is abusive if he or she fails to nurture the child, physically injures the child, or relates sexually to the child (Robins). Child abuse is broken down into four major categories: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Aside from the abuse itself, the cost of the tragic events costs the United States billions of dollars each year. Every day, approximately 4 children in the United States die resulting from child abuse and the majority are under 5-years-old (Fromm).
The foster mother lost custody of all other foster children and remains in prison still. Tragedies like this happen all the time. More than four children die every day from child at the hand of an abuser. The statics keep increasing year after year in a never ending cycle. The primary effects of child abuse against children are psychological disorders, injuries, and fatality.
Child abuse has been found to have bad effects on the lives of the abused victims. Psychology shows that children who are physically abused tend to develop some aggressive behaviors towards themselves and their surroundings, and children who suffer from emotional abuse tend to build unhealthy relationship in their adulthood. Many children grow up with no proper care from parents and this can make them dangerous to themselves and the society. The purpose of this essay is to explain the problems the abused victims are faced with and how child maltreatment can be prevented. Research performed by some authors has also shown that children who are abused have the tendency of becoming abusive parents themselves.
Courtney Seymour Ms. English English II CP 1 May 2013 Children and Abuse: The Reality Over 903,000 children were victims of child abuse and neglect in 2001. Child abuse is the physical, sexual, and emotional maltreatment of a child. The following scenario shows the severity of child abuse. An 18-year-old was charged with child abuse because she allowed her friend to repeatedly hit her baby while “play-wrestling.” The 18-month-old baby suffered from five rib fractures; lacerations to the liver, spleen, and pancreas; and bruises to the back, chest, and abdomen. Child abuse is becoming a major problem all over the world (Post and Courier).
While there are many obstacles children will have to overcome in their lifetime to grow and be successful, there has been one hardship that a rapidly increasing amount of children will have to overcome. This hardship is child abuse. Thousands of children across the globe from infants to teenagers are seriously injured and killed due to abuse, every year. According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau, there has been a general increase in reported cases of child abuse and neglect. In 2013, there were around 3.5 million case referrals to Child Protective Services (CPS) regarding child maltreatment.
According to Backman, (p.54) nearly one in every four women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood. Three women are killed by a current or former intimate partner each day in America, on average women are at an increased risk of harm shortly after separation from an abusive partner. Children are particularly vulnerable as both victims and witnesses to domestic violence. Approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year. Many victims do not seek protection from the authority because they are concerned that the court will not believe them .
There are several cases of child abuse in the United States. Babbel (2011) reported twelve out of every 1,000 children up to age 18 in the United States were found to be victims of maltreatment in 2005. Susanne Babbel, Ph.D. (2011) found in 2006, approximately 905,000 children were abused that year. Babbel (2011) stated, 16% of those children were physically abused and the remaining 84% were sexually abused. Many cases are reported by teachers and caregivers, but some cases never get reported until it is too late and the child gets abused to death.