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.
Children can experience many different psychological issues after being abused. One of the most common issues is a feeling of worthlessness; many children find it hard to regain their self-esteem after being put down repeatedly or being violated for no rational reason. When a child who has been abused grows up they may experience problems when it comes to jobs, they might not believe they are qualified for a certain position or that their coworkers are superior to them (Saisan). Abused children can also have a difficult time expressing emotions, which can lead to anxiety, depression, and anger. It is not uncommon for a child to lash out at someone who is trying to... ... middle of paper ... ...eter-child-abuse/0001383 Iannelli, Vincent.
I stated before some of the effects of physical child abuse but there are more such as bruises, swelling, abrasions, torn clothes, and difficulty in simple body movements. Nobody really knows what the children feel because majority of children are scared to speak up and let someone know that they are being abused. Even if a parent stops abusing the child at a young age the child is likely to remember what happened to them their whole
As a consequence of child abuse, children can have improper brain development, anxiety, impaired social skills, depression, and an increased risk for engaging in risky behaviors (CDC, 2017). Not only does child abuse effect individuals, but it also can affect the family of the abused child. The Oregon Department of Human Services (2009) commented that the structure of a family can be greatly impacted by child abuse. It is not uncommon to see children who have been taken from their families and placed in protective services. If a child is abused by a family member or other adult, the parents of the abused child can feel guilty and become emotionally distressed from not protecting their child (Oregon Department of Human Services, 2009).
These kinds of abuses harm the child’s mental and physical health. The emotional and psychological effects of maltreatment may be far more harmful to the well being of the child than the apparent physical injury. Many studies indicate that abused children are at increase risk of becoming like their parents and repeating the abusive pattern of child rearing to which they were exposed (national committee for prevention of child abuse 1983). Background Child abuse and neglect has recently become the focus of attention of all prevention centers and organizations for children care. Mistreatment of children has existed through history.
Another form of child abuse is Physical neglect. This type of abuse involves the parents’ failure to provide for the child’s needs. “ Among the cases of abuse reported, 52 percent involved physical abuse or emotional neglect, 24.5 percent involved physical abuse, 12.6 percent involved sexual abuse, 4.5 percent involved emotional abuse, and 17.3 percent involved other abuses, such as educational neglect or abandonment” (“Child Abuse” Encarta). Many people have difficulty understanding why any person would want to hurt a child. “The public often assumes that the people that abuse their children suffer from a mental illness but fewer than 10 percent of abusers have mental illnesses” (“Child Abuse” Encarta).
Filthy hair and body odor are an example of a child who regularly has bad hygiene. This may also be because the caregiver is not mentally able to or due to a disability. An additional sign of neglect can also be untreated medical issues. It is considered neglect if the parent chooses not to take care of their child’s medical problems. Lastly, threatening signs of sexual abuse can include difficulty walking or sitting, premature understanding of sex, and pain in the genital area.
In addition, sexual abuse also includes activities by a parent or caretaker such as fondling a child’s genitals, penetration, incest, rape, sodomy, indecent exposure, and exploitation through prostitution or the production of pornographic materials. Emotional or psychological abuse is a pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth. This may include criticism, threats, or rejection, as well as withholding love, support or guidance. This type of abuse is almost always present with other types of abuse. It is often difficult to prove and therefore, child protective services may not be able to intervene without evidence of harm or mental injury to the child.
Child abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional mistreatment or neglect of a child. Child abuse is not only physical, but it is sexual, mental and emotional abuse. Child abuse is more than just bumps and bruises. It is also abuse that can not be seen. There are several cases of child abuse in the United States.
Child abuse is when a child is physically or mentally mistreated. When a child is physically abused the abuser faces a wide range of penalties depending on several factors such as the age of the child, where the abuse took place and the criminal history of the offender. Child abuse can be caused by factors such as poverty, or the parent may have been abused as a child. If the parent was abused they may feel that abusing their own child is a form of parenting. Parents can become oblivious to the fact that they are passing it onto their own children.