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Child Abuse: Why do they do it?Lindsey R. PriceEvans High SchoolAbstractAfter much research, a physician has yet to find a direct line to stopping child abuse. Although no one has found a specific fix to child abuse, new information is found every day. Abuse has four main causes. The first main aspect to child abuse is the cycle effect. The cycle effect affects the entire legacy from the family. The second motive behind child abuse comes from parents feeling powerless. When a parent feels powerless they feel it is necessary to physically hurt their child to regain power. Alcohol and...
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Child Abuse is a major problem in our society today. According to child protective service (CPS) agencies in the United States. Child Abuse and neglects shows 1.7% increase over the number children reported in 1996. More people are starting to report child abuse, reporting levels have increased 41% between 1988 and 1997.There are four forms of child maltreatment: emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse.Emotional Abuse: Also known as: verbal abuse and mental abuse. Includes acts or the failures to act by parents or caretakers that have caused or could cause serious behavioral,...
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Child abuse occurs like a virus. Child abuse remains not only an individual or family problem but a societal problem. Children who survive abuse grow up more plausible to negatively impact society in many ways. The effects of child abuse on its victims are devastating and life-long. The effects on society are pervasive. Many possible outcomes exist for children experiencing abuse, which range from mild, almost unnoticeable personality effects to full-blown breakdowns in healthy functioning. Effects of child abuse implement various critical problems: physical, psychological, and behavioral. The first significant dilemma triggered by child abuse includes physical oppression....
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Child Abuse, 2In our western society it is difficult to understand why some parents would willingly inflict suffering on their own children. It is automatically assumed that all parents would practise a natural behaviour to protect their children from any harm. As logical as this concept may seem, it is not the case in all family structures around the globe. There is no way to deny the fact that child abuse is present in our everyday world. The abuse of children is a very serious topic that has become an important issue in today's world, which needs to be addressed. At a young age children have little control over their lives, and as caregivers/guardians we need to protect them...
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What is child abuse? Child abuse is any mistreatment or neglect of a child that results in non-accidental harm or injury which is uncalled for. Child abuse can include the following types; physical abuse; emotional abuse; sexual abuse and neglect. Reports of child abuse are on the increase in the United States and some believe that the numbers of cases are not reported. There are too many children that are abused by parents or other relatives.Child abuse has been happening for a long time now. People didn't pay much...
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Maltreatment of children is not a new phenomenon. It dates back far into history, as far as the colonial times and even back to biblical times. During the recent years child maltreatment has had an increase in the publics eye. There are many factors to child maltreatment. There are four general categories of child maltreatment now recognized. They are physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and emotional maltreatment. Each category, in turn, covers a range of behavior. The maltreatment of children not only affects the children themselves, but also affects the family intern making it dysfunctional.Physical...
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Child Abuse People tend to think of childhood as a happy time, a time of freedom before having to take on the responsibilities of adulthood. People spend most of their adult lives wishing they could turn back the clocks of time to come back to that happy time where their greatest memories are stored. Unfortunately for many children around the world they do not have this sense of fulfillment during their early years, they instead have harsh feelings toward the people that were supposed to be their caretakers.Child abuse comes in three forms. One is verbal one is physical such as punching the child and the last is sexual. Often
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"Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime."- Herbert Ward -Child abuse is one of the most disturbing and controversial topics in the news today. The number of stories that cover the mistreatment of children seems to be growing by the day ranging from accusations of neglect to murder. Child abuse and neglect is something that is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. The health and well being of a child is the primary responsibility of their parents. Raising a child is an incredible responsibility to have. Most parents want to provide the best for their children so that they grow up healthy. For these individuals parenting becomes their way of life. Proper child...
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Child AbuseChild abuse is a serious social, political, and emotional problem in the world. This issue has become, in recent years, the focus of numerous quantitative and qualitative studies designed to identify both the causes of this problem and its effects, as well as research designed to develop prevention and intervention efforts to eliminate and reduce the problem. The child abuse prevention center noted that each year in the United States, the abuse and neglect of children results in over twelve hundred preventable deaths and thousands of reported and unreported injuries. In the United...
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CHILD NEGLECTThe legal defintion of child abuse and neglect is:"The term 'child abuse and neglect' means, at a minimum, any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm"Child neglect is a key issue in our society effecting young people and particularly children. In many cases young people are either emotionally, financially or socially vulnerable and are unable provide adequate for themsleves so they are...
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IntroductionChild abuse does not discriminate against a child because of age, sex, race, religion, or socioeconomic background. Any child can fall victim to this sometimes a silent problem. I will discuss the major types of child abuse in the following paragraphs. Every child is vulnerable to abuse. Parents today face the possibility that someone they know or don't know may hurt or take advantage of their child. Research indicates that as many as one out of every four children will be the victims of some kind of abuse. Very young children as well as older teenagers are victimized. Almost all of these children will be abused by someone they know and trust; for example a relative,...
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Child Abuse'Trust unto Jehovah with all thy heart,And unto thine own understanding lean not.In all thy ways know thou Him,And He doth make straight thy paths.'(Proverbs 3:5,6, YLTHB)The statistics on physical child abuse are alarming. Of the estimated hundreds of thousands of childrenbattered each year by a parent or close relative, thousands die. For those who survive, the emotional traumaremains long after the external bruises have healed. Communities and the courts recognize that theseemotional 'hidden bruises' can be treated.Children who have been abused may display a poor self-image, Inability to depend on, trust...
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"Trust unto Jehovah with all thy heart, And unto thine own understandinglean not. In all thy ways know thou Him, And He doth make straight thypaths." (Proverbs 3:5,6, YLTHB) The statistics on physical child abuseare alarming. Of the estimated hundreds of thousands of children batteredeach year by a parent or close relative, thousands die. For those whosurvive, the emotional trauma remains long after the external bruiseshave healed. Communities and the courts recognize that these emotional"hidden bruises" can be treated. Children who have been abused maydisplay a poor self-image, Inability to depend on, trust or love...
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Signs of Physical Abuse
Unexplained bruises and welts on the face, throat, upper arms, buttocks, thighs or lower back in unusual patterns or shapes which suggests the use of an instrument (belt buckle, electric cord) on an...
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Child abuse has been a prevalent issue with numerous health problems and environmental concerns connected to it. In recent decades, child abuse has become more prominent with aspects including those of a physical nature, emotional nature, social nature and a sexual nature. There have been significant observations having to do with, more specifically, physical child abuse. Physical child abuse is generally defined as the presence of a non-accidental injury resulting from acts of commission by an adult (Kelly, 1983). It is mainly characterized by blatant scars and marks caused by physical violence or punishment under extreme conditions. I am going to evaluate three different websites on the...
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Child abuse is the intentional, unexplainableinfliction of physical, moral, and sexual pain andsuffering on a child. It is caused mainly by parentswho were maltreated as children themselves. Causesalso include stress, poverty, and/or unemployment.There are many cases of abuse, but those such as ElisaIzquierdo's stand out. Child abuse consists ofvarious different causes, types, and cases.There are many causes for child abuse, but someproject over the rest.In some cases children aremistreated when parents or caretakers have maladaptiveresponses to stressful situations or feel powerless.Searching for...
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Abuse occurs when someone does not treat a person with dignity and violates human or civil rights. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and financial. Abuse may happen to a person who needs care or the person who provides care. Person who needs care may show frustration or anger by being physically, emotionally, psychologically, and financially abusive to the person who provides his or her care. Abuse happens in every part of the world. There are several kinds of abuse: women abuse, drug abuse, child abuse, athlete abuse and so on. Child abuse is very common in the world for several reasons and some reasons of some countries are discussed below for example Pakistan, India and...
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Essay on Abuse and Neglect on Children Abuse and Neglect Having a child is something that is supposed to be an experience that lasts a lifetime. Children need lots of attention when they are born, and they need to be properly taken care of by parents that are responsible and caring. As sad as it is there is a large problem with child neglect and abuse. I believe that every couple, or single parent that is going to raise a newborn should have to go through mandatory parenting classes before the child is born. I think...
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I get nervous when I have to speak in front of a large amount of people. My favorite thing to do is run, because it helps me clear my mind. This is my first year taking college courses. My future plans are to graduate high school, and attend Sam Houston State University in the fall of 2015 to major in Nursing. After I get my Bachelors there, I plan to attend Stephen F. Austin State University to get my Masters. Lastly, I will go to Louisiana to take my NCLEX state board test so that I can find a job as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in a hospital in Houston or Dallas.I have read the...
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There are many different forms of abuse such as : physical, mental, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse. Child abuse is the most damaging type of sexual assault there is. Children who have been victims of this can be scarred and traumatized for life. Some will suffer of intense psychological trauma or various disorders, others will be prone to prostitution or drug abuse and many shall become a harm to society themselves. Depression can be one of the most frequent results of sexual assault. Without treatment, the consequences can sometimes be very numerous. "Some of the aftereffects can include: inability to trust, fear of intimacy, depression, suicidal ideation and other...
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We all hope to have parents who are loving, nurturing, understanding and patient. But the unfortunate reality is that some parents are irrational, abusive, manipulative and intimidating, leaving deep emotional scars that may not heal for a lifetime. "The willful abuse of children by adults is one of the world's most desperate problems." Fontana, (p.5) The maltreatment syndrome in children must be recognized by our society regardless of their parents' social or economic background, ages or outward appearances. The maltreatment of children has not been considered important enough to include in major pediatric textbooks, which seems to be a result of society's disbelief that such...
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Child Abuse is a very serious issue all throughout the world, in all different countries, cultures, and communities. The four main types of abuse are emotional abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse, and although emotional abuse and neglect are often overlooked, each has just as severe effects on children as sexual and physical abuse (Saisan et al.). The many causes of all kinds of the abuse of children have devastating effects on the child’s life presently and later on in life.
There are multiple different causes of child abuse, and although abusing a child cannot be pinpointed to one specific characteristic, issue, or situation, there are factors which contribute to the...
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Causes of child abuse Do you know that more than three millions case of child abuse were reported in the US in 1998, and that one million of the confirmed cases of US child abuse involved physical abuse and neglect ?( Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology , 1). If you find any of these facts surprising, it is because abused children often fail to report such acts. According to Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology , the most common causes of child abuse include: poverty, drug addiction, violence, personal history of physical or sexual abuse as a child and social isolation (2).In determining the causes of child...
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Did you know that in 2011, nearly five children died every day in America from child abuse and neglect? In this research paper I will discuss what is child abuse and neglect. Then, we will discover why some parents choose to abuse their children. Next, I will dive into a discussion about the long term effects of child abuse. Finally, we will explore what age groups are affected by abuse.
What is child abuse and neglect? According to Child Help, there are different forms of abuse. There is physical abuse which means any non- accidental injury to a child which includes hitting, kicking, slapping, burning, hair pulling, throwing, and whipping. There is also sexual abuse which is any sexual...
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Have you ever wondered what effects abuse can have on a child? The effects abuse can have on a child is very serious. Children can obtain serious problems from child abuse. They can develop social problems, depression, and anxiety. There are four types of abuse: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Physical abuse can injure a child severely.
Domestic Violence is a worldwide problem and affects the health and well-being of those open to it. Children that are exposed to physical abuse are at risk for depression, social problems, and learning disabilities. Child physical abuse has been associated with increased risk for symptoms of depression and anxiety in clinical...
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When thinking about statistics on child abuse, it’s very helpful to know that the idea of “child abuse” is very controversial. Recently, in particular homes and cultures, child abuse has come to be seen as a major social problem and a main cause of many people’s suffering and personal problems. Some believe that we are beginning to face the true prevalence and significance of child abuse. There is more to child abuse than just the physical scars; children are affected socially, mentally, and emotionally. According to the American National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, in 1997, neglect represented 54% of confirmed cases of child abuse, physical abuse 22%, sexual abuse 8%, emotional...
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Maltreatment of children is not a new phenomenon. It dates back far
into history, even back to biblical times. During recent years child maltreatment has had an increase in the public's eye. There are many factors to child maltreatment. There are four general categories of child maltreatment now recognized. They are physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and emotional maltreatment. Each category, in turn, covers a range of behavior. The maltreatment of children not only affects the
children themselves, but also affects the family by making it dysfunctional.
Physical abuse may be best defined as any non-accidental physical injury
by a person who has care,...
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Child abuse is a prevailing problem in society that must be addressed at the soonest possible time. However, it is one of the most difficult problems to address as well since there are only certain ways by which it can be monitored. What makes it even harder is the fact that the parents themselves are sometimes the abusers. Thus, it sometimes difficult to help the child since his primary guardian is the abuser himself.Child abuse by parents can be extremely detrimental to children. The effects of such abuse may become evident during their childhood or when the child grows up and enters adulthood. (Hiba, 2007) The long-term consequences of child abuse are sometimes grave enough that...
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Child abuse and neglect is a rising problem in America. However, numerous cases are not reported every year and they go unheard of. This causes the public to not be as informed as possible. This issue is something everyone needs to understand and deal with. Schools, teachers, families, and even society need to further educate themselves on the issue of child abuse and neglect because it has a huge impact on everyone.Child abuse and neglect are very similar ideas. Neglect is a form of child abuse. Neglect is to give little attention or respect to, leaving unattended through carelessness. Abuse is defined as to use so as to injure or damage. Child abuse would be to injure or damage a...
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From the beginning of a child’s life, he/she holds the key to their own destiny. However, this is no longer the case when child sexual abuse is brought in as a factor. In surveys conducted, it was indicated that six percent to sixty-two percent of women and two percent to fifteen percent of men have been victims of sexual abuse as a child (Finkelhor 79). That was not their choice. Abuse is the result of force - not from a person’s willingness to fulfill an act. Victims also have to cope with the aftereffects brought onto them by their attackers. These decisions they had no choice over, but they ultimately set the basis for the rest of their lives. This is because adult survivors of...
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There are many things in our society today that unfortunately go overlooked. One such thing that is overlooked is the number of children who are being abused. Unfortunately these children are going through life not knowing whether or not their parents will loose their temper and perhaps kill them. There are many types of child abuse, such as physical, sexual, and emotional. Physical abuse is physical injury as a result of punching, beating, kicking, biting, shaking, throwing, stabbing, choking, hitting, burning, or otherwise harming a child. Such injury is considered abuse regardless of whether the caretaker intended to hurt the child. Sexual abuse includes activities by a parent or...
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Many children in the US have to endure child abuse. Most people do not understand the consequences the abused children have to live with for the rest of their lives. Because child abuse is a long-term problem, it impacts not only the child and family, but also the society as a whole. Children who are abused usually end up with self-esteem problems and lose their self-confidence. Therefore, they end up getting addicted to drugs or alcohol, which can create problems for their whole community. As adults, children who have experienced child abuse suffer long-term consequences physically and mentally, which can cause them to have more chances of abusing their own children; therefore...
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In Today's American society we fail to address several issues that need to be solved. Unfortunately, child abuse is one of the major issues that our country is plagued with, yet we neglect to bring this to the attention of the entire nation. It is often over looked because everyone has a different view of what exactly defines child abuse. To set the record straight there are four basic forms of child abuse: emotional abuse, neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse.Emotional Abuse includes acts or the failures to act by parents or caretakers that have caused or could cause serious behavioral, cognitive, emotional or mental disorders in their kids. This can include parents and or...
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When thinking about statistics on child abuse, it is helpful to know that the very idea of "child abuse" is controversial. Only recently, and in particular countries and cultures, has the abuse of the children come to be seen as a major social problem and a main cause of people's suffering and personal problems. Of course, children have been abused throughout human history. But for people to think about child abuse as we do now, to create legal definitions and...
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Any type of Child Abuse, carried out for a long period of time, may cause long-term mental damage.In this paper I intend to explain child abuse in intimate detail. I hope to inform you of the exact definition of abuse and its various types. I hope to enlighten you on pertinent facts and information on the causes and effects of this cruel act. I will also show you statistical information showing that continued abuse against a child may cause long-term mental damage. I will also show improvements being made over the years to improve and prevent child abuse.Child Abuse is defined as intentional use of physical force or intentional omission of care by a parent or caregiver that...
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Child abuse has been known one of the major destructions of lives in the society. National center for injury control and prevention for child maltreatment has made it known that over a million of children suffer from child abuse, while some children lose their lives from maltreatment. More than seven children die as a result of child abuse, and some programs have been developed in order to help children from being abused. There are only four major types of abuses: emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. 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...
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Child abuse in America is an ongoing problem and something needs to be done. There are approximately one million children abused annually in the United States. (Table 339) Cases of child abuse and neglect are reported every ten seconds, and researchers believe that there’s three times that amount that goes unnoticed. (Child Abuse: Know the Signs and Stop the Violence Against Children.) Something needs to be done for these children who are too weak and too powerless to help themselves.
Children who have been abused are left with more than just physical scars. They have many psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems as well. Their social lives are affected dramatically, and they...
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Child abuse and neglect is a widespread and on going problem in today’s world. Preventing child abuse is vital in keeping the next generation and future generations from repeating previous childhood lifestyles. Being a current resident in Florida, the presence of child abuse and neglect is unfortunately high. This is not only concerning for the state of Florida, but also for the rest of the world. There needs to be more awareness about this topic and through implementation of various research the world is slowly but surely coming to recognize which is the best method to prevent child abuse and neglect. Research on techniques and strategies for preventing child abuse is important...
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Abuse and Child Development
This paper will investigate the abuse of children and some of the ways which young children are affected developmentally. I will try and present an overview of the major types of abuse but my big focus and most of my research has been to cover sexual abuse and its effect on development in young children and how it can affect brain development.
Child abuse is defined as the mistreatment of children or minors, resulting in a variety of harmful and damaging results with regard to the well being and safety of the victim. Child abuse can range in the details and circumstances in which the offence takes place; child abuse can take place in a direct physical...
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Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse to a child at times is confusing to the family. Families who are affected by sexual abuse to a child tend to have a difficult time talking about the abuse. About one out of every four girls and one out of every five boys are sexually abused by the time they are 18 years old.
Sexual abuse to children happens across every socioeconomic status, ethnic, cultural, religion and education. Getting treatment for a victim of child sexual abuse is a difficult process because of the lack of trust by the child. When child sexual abuse occurs the victim’s family has a difficult time talking about the abuse, which leads to the family...
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The purpose of this literature review is to evaluate the information that has been collected in the area of child sexual abuse prevention. From the research studies critically examined, a decision will be made as to what areas improvements need to be made in, in order to adequately outfit children, teachers and child care workers with the skills and knowledge to help prevent child sexual abuse.Child Sexual Abuse PreventionChild Sexual Abuse Prevention The purpose of this literature review is to evaluate the information that has been collected in the area of child...
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Child abuse devastates many lives. Chris Crutcher, the celebrated young adult fiction writer, addresses this issue in many of his works (Artists and Authors). As a former teacher and therapist, Crutcher understands the lives of young adults and the problems they face (Artists and Authors). His characters are faced with child abuse in many different forms. The author explores the effects of abuse on teens, and offers ways to cope with the abuse in effective ways (Artists and Authors).Child abuse plays an important role in five of Crutcher's books:
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Steps One to Four: Preparation and PlanningSocial InquiryStep Five: Research
Focus Question One:
What is the impact child abuse has had on New Zealanders?
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of abuse against children per population and police are called to family violence cases on an average of 200 times a day nationally, police also estimate that only 18% of child abuse cases are reported. It is estimated that 15% of children are born at risk of child abuse and at least 70,000 children witness child abuse each...
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Child sexual abuse (CSA, henceforth) is a widespread problem and one that requires attention in order to address the problem and work towards eradicating it permanently. This assignment will provide a critical evaluation of existing strategies designed to tackle problems encountered by children who have been sexually abused and alternative strategies will also be considered.First of all, it needs to be mentioned that there is agreement of 'sexual abuse' being difficult to define and this lack of an agreed definition allows sexual abuse to continue (May-chahal and Herczog, 2003:207). Therefore, it is important that definitions are clarified globally in order to establish clear...
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A 19-year-old new mother, named Sheryl asked her boyfriend to watch her 8-month-old baby while she went shopping. Her boyfriend kindly agreed assuming that the baby would fall asleep, and he would continue watching the game. However like most newborn babies, Sheryl’s child was a little fussy and was crying. That caused Sheryl’s boyfriend to get annoyed and agitated. He went over to the baby, picked him up and shook him hard. When Sheryl came home she found her baby injured, unfortunately what happened to Sheryl’s baby it’s something that happens to many children in America every day.
Child abuse is a very serious issue, that I believe has been neglected and we as a society haven’t done...
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Child maltreatment is a global public health problem (Klika & Herrenkol, 2013). Children who have been maltreated tend to express more cortisol dysregulation (De Bellis, Woolley, & Hooper, 2013). Having this concern causes the children to express more stress than a child who has not been maltreated. According to De Bellis, Woolley, & Hooper (2013), pediatric studies have concluded that if a child is abused at a younger age and continuous neglect is associated they are more likely to suffer from smaller brain volumes and heightened biological stress chemicals. Being exposed to abusive trauma that leads to PTSD has shown to cause children to have higher levels of dissociative symptoms and more...
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"Children are at risk of being sexually abused from the time they are born through adolescence, with the greatest risk occurring between the ages of seven and thirteen...children are never responsible for their sexual abuse, adults are the ones responsible" (McClendon, page 1). There are many questions that researchers are attempting to investigate concerning the controversial topic of child sexual abuse. Researchers explore various questions and dimensions. This paper will investigate the controversial conclusions and results to these questions. What is the concrete definition of child sexual abuse? Is there more than one meaning of child sexual abuse? What are the short term...
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Child abuse is the intentional omission of care by a parent or guardian that can cause a
child to be hurt, maimed, or even killed. Child abuse can be either physical, mental,
emotional or sexual. Because of child abuse, Caprice Ried will never do the things that a
normal four-year old does. She will never play on a playground, or go to a sleepover, and
never go to school. All of this was taken away from her at such a young age, when she
died of child abuse. The foster parents, Patricia Coker, and her mother Betty Coker have
been charged with second degree murder for Caprice’s death. Caprice went without food
for days. She was also tied to a chair and beaten with a stick until she...
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Child abuse is a phenomenon in today’s society. Many people have been victims and although it has been taken into consideration, more surveillance should be taking place. There are three types of abuse that ruin the life of a child: physical, emotional, and sexual. However, focusing on domestic violence, a child will be affected by physical and emotional abuse. The problem is that some parents may not even consider how it affects their child in public places. When a child has been abused, how long does it affect him or her into adulthood? Though there are different ways to discipline, a parent can choose from a variety of rewards to reinforce good behavior; furthermore, a trusted committee...
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Sexual abuse of children has become a curse of the modern society. This problem has gained prominence in 1870s, then for some time it was ignored until in 1960 it surfaced back into the public attention. During past 10-15 years medical community has learned about the large scale of this child sexual abuse from parents or other family members as well as from strangers. In United States alone, there are "150 000 to 200 000 cases of child sexual abuse every year" (Finkelhor, 96). About 10% to 30% of the adult women in Great...