April 1, 2014.
Physical Abuse and Neglect on Children
Research has shown the relationship between the types of child abuse. According to some research, it has been stated that there are three major forms of child abuse: physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse. Studies have also demonstrated reliable evidences to support how these forms of child abuse affects children and their adulthood relationship. According to some research performed by some authors, experts who work in the field of child-care are now able to identify and understand the psychological problems that abused victims are likely to develop later in their adulthood stage. Kathryn Hildyard and David Wolfe’s essay on child neglect mentions how child neglect affects children’s health development. Child neglect is known to be the most usual form of child abuse due to the large amount of children that have been neglected or not cared for. Kristen Springer and Jennifer Sheridan’s article on physical and mental health consequences explains how physical abuse affects children emotionally in their early stages of childhood.
Kathryn and David’s article explains that the most usual cause of child neglect is the lack of proper care and attention towards the attitudes and the behaviors of the children; this leaves the children careless and makes them put themselves in harm’s way. The authors also stated that children may encounter physical maltreatment when their physical needs are not being met and cared for, and the failure to keep proper observation on the children’s behavior may lead them to be sexually abused. To aid their claims, the authors made a study on the three stages of child development; the adolescence, the infancy and the adult stages. The authors aim is to clear up the effects and the differences of neglects and to reveal the similarities between neglect and abuse. The authors performed a study in Minnesota on abused children, who took part in the mother-child experiment. The study was done on the development of the 267 children who participated with experiment. “In this study, two groups of neglectful mothers were identified ‘neglectful’ mothers and ‘psychologically unavailable’ mothers. Whereas the mothers in the neglectful group failed to provide adequate physical care or protection for their children, the mothers in the psychologically unavailable group were characterized emotional attachment and unresponsiveness”.
The authors mention that the ‘psychologically unavailable’ mothers showed signs of lack of proper care and attention to the children’s needs, and neither were they available for the children emotionally. According to David and Kathryn, abused children tend to develop insecurities towards their parents or caregivers more than the non-maltreated children. The authors supported this argument by showing some examples and studies of children who experienced abuse at a very early stage. They indicate that “children who...