Children often handle these experiences in the wrong way. Sometimes, these children try to ignore these painful feelings, which makes it difficult to learn how to cope with them. This behavior may lead to confusion and high stress. Children often become lost in the wavering maze of feeling little or no emotion, then switching to being overwhelmed with emotion and not knowing how to handle their feelings. These children may become psychologically unhealthy due to their emotionally instability (www.childabuse.com).
Investigating Depression in Children During childhood years, children are almost as susceptible to being depressed as adults. Many adults to not realize that being a child can be very frustrating, and they often feel powerless. Children can have a lot of stress in their lives and cannot deal with it as easily as adults. They have many concerns such as school, peers, parental acceptations, etc. Childhood depression is a mental illness that affects children's behavior and moods.
The security of the child is shatter... ... middle of paper ... ... was reported that many children found it difficult to develop friendships for reasons such as holding back from others as well as fear of inviting others to their home (Adams 2006). In conclusion, it is clearly shown that domestic violence has a negative effect on the children who witness it. An expanding body of research suggests that childhood trauma and adverse experiences can lead to a variety of negative health outcomes (Anda & Chapman & Dube & Felitti & Giles & Williamson, 2001, p.1). In fact, childhood stressors such as witnessing domestic violence and other household dysfunctions are highly interrelated and have a graded relationship to numerous health and social problems (Anda & Chapman & Dube & Felitti & Giles & Williamson, 2001, p.2). It is obvious and clearly shown that the children who witness domestic abuse have serious long term mental effects.
Adult children have a hard time recovering later in life if they grew up in a frequent hostile environment. Marital discord has been proven to negatively affect all children whether they be in preschool or into their adult years. Sullivan et al. states, “Emotional security theory hypothesizes
This could be related to the mental abuse that is inflicted on the children. The fact that when children are taken from their homes and put into foster care they are often put into a life of physical and mental abuse during their care, along with the effects of increased rates of crime after they are released from foster care. A death in the family is tragic and often leave the children of the family in a state of depression, often then the children have to be taken from their homes to unknowingly endu... ... middle of paper ... ... family will evidently cause problems, though when it directly affect the living situation of the children it could have devastating results. When the children are moved out of their homes and into foster care they will face many difficulties that were unexpected. The difficulties they face will make it harder for them to assimilate back into society as they continue their lives.
Some children who have been abused go on to live balanced lives, whereas other struggle mentally in various aspects of life. A maltreated child has chances of showing symptoms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, the necessity for social dominance, depression, dissociative identity disorder, as well a suicidal thoughts. Now, even though not only abused children develop into these various mental challenges, there are at a heightened exposure to these mental diseases as a result of their childhood trauma. Child abuse is has been an ongoing epidemic that has affected the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ip between childhood abuse and suicidality in adult bipolar disorder. Violence And Victims, 23(3), 361-372. doi:10.1891/0886-6708.23.3.361 Meyers, John E.B.
Something needs to be done for these children who are too weak and too powerless to help themselves. Children who have been abused are left with more than just physical scars. They have many psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems as well. Their social lives are affected dramatically, and they suffer lifelong effects. (Lambert) Children tend to be emotionally disturbed years after the abuse, many have IQ scores lower than average, and some have even been classified as mentally retarded.
There are four types of abuse: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Physical abuse can injure a child severely. Domestic Violence is a worldwide problem and affects the health and well-being of those open to it. Children that are exposed to physical abuse are at risk for depression, social problems, and learning disabilities. Child physical abuse has been associated with increased risk for symptoms of depression and anxiety in clinical research (Schneider).
Childhood sexual abuse has the potential to damage a child physically, emotionally, and behaviorally for the rest of his or her childhood, and the effects have been connected to lasting into middle-aged adulthood. Research has been conducted on what type of children are the most at risk of being sexually abused. Childhood abuse has a greater chance of happening to children of certain backgrounds. One researcher states that "Child sexual abuse occurs more frequently in children from socially deprived and disorganized family backgrounds. Marital dysfunction, as evidenced by parental separation and domestic violence, is associated with higher risks of child sexual abuse" (Mullen 4).
Changes in behavior and emotional can occur. Children can develop a hand full of problems, which can include, depression, anxiety, trouble forming relationships with others, and difficulties dealing with their anger. Adults who were the victims of child abuse in the past are at higher risk for a handful of emotional and physical problems, even including economic problems in the present. The common physical problems are neurological, skeletal, respiratory, heart, and gastrointestinal complications. When compared to other adults who have no past history of child-abuse, those who were abused as children have a higher risk for accomplishing lower levels of education, employment and net income.