Twenty-seven percent are physically abused. Fifty-five percent of all children abused are neglected (“Child Abuse” 116). There are many types of abuse. Parental neglect or nutritional deprivation is the most common technique of abusing a child (“Child Abuse” 116). An example of this would be when a child is irregularly fed or kept in dirty clothes for a long period of time (“Child Abuse” 222).
Insecure attachment fosters the development of the self as an unworthy, unlovable person and causes one to be unavailable or hostile to others (Siegel, 2012). Poor attachment leads to poor self-esteem and self-concept that can dictate children’s behaviors well into adulthood. Children with attachment disorders often show inhibition, self-endangerment, and have often experienced violence, abuse, or parental unavailability (Siegel, 2012). Research shows that abused mothers cannot adequately attend to the demands of the attachment process while simultaneously attempting to negotiate a hostile and dangerous home environment (Buttell, Muldoon, & Carney, 2005). Consequently, children in this situation become insecurely attached and, in adulthood, exhibit excessive dependency on their partners (Carney & Young, 2012).
Both physical and emotional neglect can severely impact a child’s development by causing failure to thrive; malnutrition; serious illness; physical harm in the form of cuts, bruises, burns or other injuries due to the lack of supervision; and a lifetime of low self-esteem. Signs indentifying emotional/psychological and physical neglect includes poor performance in school, apathetic, withdrawn and inattentive behavior, frequent absences, looks for teacher’s attention and approval as well as delinquent behaviors i.e. stealing and
Children all over America anguish from an unexposed epidemic of child abuse. Every year more than three million reports are made in the United States alone. . More than six million children are involved in child abuse cases (a case can involve more than one child), and these are some of their stories. The major long-term effects of child abuse on children are psychological disorders, injuries, and fatality One result of child abuse is psychological disorders.
Child abuse is a prevalent concern in today’s society that is often misunderstood or neglected. Children among all social classes and age suffer physical, emotional, and sexual abuse on a regular basis. Adolescents frequently suffer from physical and emotional effects as a consequence of their parents’ abuse. Kids suffer from anxiety towards their own homes and parents for the fear of abuse or neglect. This abuse is understood to primarily be in the homes of uneducated or unfortunate parents.
Emotional abuse is the most common abuse due to how easily it can be hidden. Emotional abuse is any attitude, behavior, or failure to act on the part of the caregiver that interferes with a child’s mental health or social development (Robins). Many parents who continually yell or scream at his or her child in a way of threatening or showing no signs of affection turn to this so it will not be picked up on as quick as physical abuse. Unfortunately, this type can be the most harmful because it can cause serious emotional and mental problems later on in life. Lastly, neglect is a form of abuse and is defined as the failure to provide a child with basic needs (Robins).
The Effects of Child Abuse “Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones… [it] also leaves deep, lasting scars” (Saisan). There are many forms of child abuse, but all the types can hurt children now and in the future. There is neglect, which is the most common; it is when a guardian fails to give a child what is needed to live such as food and shelter. Physical abuse is when someone hurts a child and causes physical health problems. There is emotional abuse or neglect which is when a person puts down a child or fails to give adequate love and attention.
When a child is abused there is a huge possibility that it can cause them to have many long term effects. To begin with, emotional abuse is a type of abuse that can hurt a child psychologically. The reason why this form of abuse can hurt a child psychologically is because it damage the way a child looks at him or herself. There are many different ways one can emotionally abuse someone. Some of these ways include name calling, degrading a child, or even showing no loving affection at all.
These children tend to lose control over their own lives, bodies, and minds creating catastrophic obstacles to build up in their lives and causing themselves to become weakened and vulnerable due to being confronted by fear that they cannot endure. The many lives of abused children are misguided as they mature because the events that they encounter during their early childhood years influence the construction of their future and behaviors. Child abuse is the barbarous act of maltreatment directed towards children that includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual molestation which all serve as elements towards leading to the destruction of their lives. Physical abuse is defined as a purposely intended act of atrociously causing physical harm to a child. This type of offense is generally inflicted by a parent or guardian who is accountable for providing for a child’s welfare.
Many children suffer every day due to parents who practice, or abuse corporal punishment. Out of the one hundred reasons why inflicting physical punishment on a child is a very negative form of discipline, I will explain the top 3 reasons why I believe corporal punishment is unacceptable. When we spank our kids we are setting them up for emotional and psychological instability. Children that are spanked are most likely to suffer from mental disorders like chronic depression, anxiety disorders, anti-social disorder, self-hate, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These conditions can cause affect a person on a subconscious level causing them to live a distressed life.