Child abuse is the intentional infliction of physical, moral, and sexual pain and suffering on a child. It is performed mainly by parents who were maltreated as children themselves. There are many causes for child abuse. In some cases children are mistreated when parents or caretakers have maladaptive responses to stressful situations or feel powerless. Searching for relief, they may hit someone with even less power than they, and these are often children.
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.
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. The risks are most evident for women than when they are compared to men. Adult survivors of abuse are at higher risk of serving time in prison and have a record of family violence and it is most likely to occur in their own
“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). There is more room for abuse in a family when the parents or caretakers are of a young age or just have very little patients. Mature adults that are raising kids tend not to abuse their children because they are able to cope with the demands of their children and the other stresses around them. “Child abuse results from a complex combination on personal, social, and cultural factors. These may be grouped into four primary categories: (1) intergenerational transmission of violence, (2) social stress, (3) social isolation and low community involvement, and (4) family structure” (“Child Abuse” Encarta).
They suffer from physical and sexual violence, as well as psychological and emotional problems, thus deserving specialized social services in order to recover their lives”(Mir, 2013, p. 1). Child prostitution in other countries stems mostly from poverty. The family of the child might be in such dire need of money that they sell the child, or the child themselves feel it is their only resort. The children are often run-a-way’s or coming from families that do not want them who feel they can only rely on themselves for support. “In addition to the underlying domestic turmoil, personality and psychological issues, as well as emotional and school problems, contribute to a victim’s vulnerability to exploitation.
Many people have a hard time understanding why anyone would hurt a child. Most abusers love their children, but they have less patience then other parents. But the truth is that many children learn violent behavior from their parents and then grow up to be abusers themselves. There is evidence that physical child
It relays that those children were seen more isolated and withdrawn from an environment that did not seem to provide a secure environment for them. In abusive home younger children were more likely to be abused then older children by one of their parents. Children who were neglected, abused and witnessed domestic violence were
A young child will be abused more than older children. There is no specific reason for this, but abusive parents still do it. Parents abuse their children for many different reasons. For some parents, it is the only type of discipline they know how to enforce. Some may live in poverty, and there are even those parents that had children too young.
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.
Parents who don?t know how to handle stress will often lash out, and become abusive to their children. Stress can be brought on from a variety of places. Common stress factors are unemployment, illness, drug abuse, poor housing, larger than average family size, death, or the presence of a new baby. (Compton?s 1) A large number of cases of child abuse come from families living in poverty, poverty can cause or result of any one of the most common stress factors. (Child Abuse and Neglect 2) When people are under stress they often will lash out at their kids for the littlest incident, if this happens too much they may start to physically abuse their kids.