There is a trend in research that shows that mother-partner cohabitation with multiple partners creates much more instability for the family, which in turn negatively affects the amount of stress put onto the children (Brown, 2010). Children also have the stress of not knowing if the relationship will eventually end for their parents, whereas marriage is referred to as a non-ending family bond with a two parent household
The perspective of the other parent who is being abused in the family is that they deserve it. They shouldn’t have done a specific thing to trigger the abuser to lash out into violent behaviors. The woman who is in a violent relationship may have witnessed domestic violence as a child. Daughters who witness domestic violence are more likely to become a victim in a violent relationship. Sons who witness violent behaviors in the home are two times likely to abuse their family when they become an adult.
These children are often withdrawn and internalize their emotions. Most of these children are isolated from their peers. Frequent change of residence could be a cause of children's isolation from peers (Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing). Children of family violence are often frustrated because they can not deal with their problems. Often, their education is disrupted by family violence and they start having problems concentrating at school and with truancy.
Certain characteristics of children, such as mental retardation or physical or developmental disabilities, can also increase the stress of parenting and the risk of abuse. A large majority of reported cases of child abuse come from families living in lower class. Wealthier families get away with hiding abuse because they have less contact with social agencies than poor families do. It is often assumed that just parents abuse their children. However, guardians, babysitters, and other close relatives abuse children too.
Searching for relief, they may hit someone with even less power than they, and these are often children. Other times child abuse is the result of family problems over which the abuser has no control. Alcohol was said to be involved in fourteen percent of the cases of abuse and in eighteen and a half percent of the cases of neglect. “Religion, residence in the city or country, region of the country, and race are all related to violence in a home.” Approximately eighty percent of the child-abusers were themselves abused as children. A high percentage of abusing parents feel that they are legitimately exercising their parental right.
Durkheim’s idea of egoism can be applied to the effect that foster parents have on their children. For example, too little social integration can lead to bad outcomes for these individuals later in life (Durkheim 1897). According to the Annual Review of Sociology, there are many high risks that foster children are in danger of. Individuals placed in the system are more likely to smoke, try to commit suicide, get involved with crimes, and deliver or father a child. Foster children have symptoms of psychopathology.
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.
Most people do not know how to cope with abused children. I became interested in this topic because when I was a teenager I had a friend who was abused by her stepfather and I didn’t know how to help her. I would like to know how children’s psychological development is affected, and how we can help these children cope with their misfortune. The most common effect is that maltreated children are, essentially, rejected. These destructive experiences impact on the developing child, increasing the risks for emotional, behavioral, social and physical problems throughout life.
Many of the preschool age children will regress after the initial shock of the separation. Signs of regression could be once again asking for a security blanket, bedwetting, returning to thumb sucking, needing help feeding themselves, or hitting their siblings. The children in this age group are more anxious and insecure than a child growing up in a two-parent home (Teyber 11). The majority of the children in the preschool age-group have abandonment issues and fear that since one parent has left the home that the other may move out as well. As the children get older the effects the divorce has on them is different but no less traumatizing.
Pam Leo stated, “Let’s raise children that won’t have to recover from their childhood”. Research continues to prove that marital discord in families with children leave a lasting impact on their offspring. Studies have shown that children who witness their parents arguing are negatively affected psychologically and behaviorally. In young children, how they regulate their emotional state and peer interactions seems to suffer the most from parental conflict. Adult children have a hard time recovering later in life if they grew up in a frequent hostile environment.