Physical abuse[ edit ] Among professionals and the general public, people often do not agree on what behaviors constitute physical abuse of a child. This includes hitting, beating, kicking, shaking, biting, strangling, scalding, burning, poisoning and suffocating. Much physical violence against children in the home is inflicted with the object of punishing.
Physical abuse[ edit ] Among professionals and the general public, people often do not agree on what behaviors constitute physical abuse of a child. This includes hitting, beating, kicking, shaking, biting, strangling, scalding, burning, poisoning and suffocating.
Much physical violence against children in the home is inflicted with the object of punishing. The psychologist Alice Millernoted for her books on child abuse, took the view that humiliations, spankings and beatings, slaps in the face, etc.
Physical abuse in childhood has also been linked to homelessness in adulthood. Child sexual abuse and child-on-child sexual abuse Child sexual abuse CSA is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent abuses a child for sexual stimulation. Psychological abuse There are multiple definitions of child psychological abuse: Emotional abuse can result in abnormal or disrupted attachment developmenta tendency for victims to blame themselves self-blame for the abuse, learned helplessnessand overly passive behavior.
Neglected children may experience delays in physical and psychosocial development, possibly resulting in psychopathology and impaired neuropsychological functions including executive functionattentionprocessing speedlanguage, memory and social skills. Such children Children abuse not likely to view caregivers as being a source of safety, and instead typically show an increase in aggressive and hyperactive behaviors which may disrupt healthy or secure attachment with their adopted parents.
These children have apparently learned to adapt to an abusive and inconsistent caregiver by becoming cautiously self-reliant, and are often described as glib, manipulative and disingenuous in their interactions with others as they move through childhood.
Effects[ edit ] Child abuse can result in immediate adverse physical effects but it is also strongly associated with developmental problems Children abuse and with many chronic physical and psychological effects, including subsequent ill-health, including higher rates of chronic conditions, high-risk health behaviors and shortened lifespan.
Children who are constantly ignored, shamed, terrorized or humiliated suffer at least as much, if not more, than if they are physically assaulted.
Many abused children experience ongoing difficulties with trust, social withdrawal, trouble in school, and forming relationships. RAD is defined as markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate social relatedness, that usually begins before the age of 5 years.
The long-term impact of emotional abuse has not been studied widely, but recent studies have begun to document its long-term consequences. Research has shown that children exposed to domestic violence increases the chances of experienced behavioral and emotional problems depression, irritability, anxiety, academic problems, and problems in language development.
Rib fractures in an infant secondary to child abuse The immediate physical effects of abuse or neglect can be relatively minor bruises or cuts or severe broken bones, hemorrhage, or even death.
In some cases the physical effects are temporary; however, the pain and suffering they cause a child should not be discounted.
Rib fractures may be seen with physical abuse, and if present may increase suspicion of abuse, but are found in a small minority of children with maltreatment-related injuries. Child abuse and neglect have been shown, in some cases, to cause important regions of the brain to fail to form or grow properly, resulting in impaired development.
In addition to possible immediate adverse physical effects, household dysfunction and childhood maltreatment are strongly associated with many chronic physical and psychological effects, including subsequent ill-health in childhood,  adolescence  and adulthood, with higher rates of chronic conditions, high-risk health behaviors and shortened lifespan.
The initial phase of the study was conducted in San Diego, California from to The Adverse Childhood Experiences ACE study, in which some 17, middle-aged, middle-class and mostly employed residents of the state of California participated, suggests that childhood maltreatment and household dysfunction contribute to the development — decades later — of the chronic diseases that are the most common causes of death and disability in the United States.
The study examined the long-term effects of maltreatment and household dysfunction during childhood, including: A strong relationship was seen between the number of adverse experiences including physical and sexual abuse in childhood and self-reports of cigarette smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, attempted suicide, sexual promiscuity and sexually transmitted diseases in later life.
Furthermore, people who reported higher numbers of negative experiences in childhood were much more likely to exhibit multiple health-risk behaviours, which the study suggested were adopted as coping devices. Similarly, the more adverse childhood experiences reported, the more likely the person was to have heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, skeletal fractures, liver disease and poor health as an adult.
Maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences may thus be among the basic factors that underlie health risks, illness and death, and could be identified by routine screening of all patients. Although the ACE study and its findings relate to a specific population within the United States, it is reasonable to assume that similar trends might be found in countries with different levels of economic and social development.
Rates of depression are twice as high.
Other risk behaviors are even higher. It has been discovered that childhood abuse can lead to the addiction of drugs and alcohol in adolescence and adult life. Studies show that any type of abuse experienced in childhood can cause neurological changes making an individual more prone to addictive tendencies.
A significant study examined court cases of children who had experienced sexual and physical abuse along with neglect. The study found that a large sum of the children who were abused are now currently addicted to alcohol.
This case study outlines how addiction is a significant effect of childhood abuse. Some reportedly suffer from some type of chronic head, abdominal, pelvic, or muscular pain with no identifiable reason. According to Georges Menahemthe French sociologist who found out these correlations by studying health inequalities, these relationships show that inequalities in illness and suffering are not only social.
Health inequality also has its origins in the family, where it is associated with the degrees of lasting affective problems lack of affection, parental discord, the prolonged absence of a parent, or a serious illness affecting either the mother or father that individuals report having experienced in childhood.
These problems may include: There is also a slight tendency for children who have been abused to become child abusers themselves. Treatment is greatly important for abused children.Stopping Child Abuse in Your Community Children are the embodiment of innocence and hope for the future.
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