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Breaking The Cycle Of Child Abuse

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Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse
Alyssa Salcido
4 November 2015
Childhood and Adolescent Development 3303
Dr. Gallik

According to Pecora, Sanders, Wilson, English, Puckett & Rudlang-Perman (2014), “Every year in the USA, about 695,000 unique children are confirmed as victims of child maltreatment (US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau 2011) (p. 321). Such startling statistics suggest that child abuse is not just a public health issue; it is an epidemic. However, research reveals that prevention is possible through a collaborative effort made by parents, schools, the government, social services, and the
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These classes often provide necessary social, emotional, or financial support that will aid in coping with the stress and difficulties of having children. In addition, as cited by Pecora, Sanders, Wilson, English, Puckett & Rudlang-Perman (2014), programs need to “influence deeply ingrained caregiver cultural norms or values that may contribute to child maltreatment.” (Rodríguez, et al. 2011) (p. 326). Another way to reduce the potential for abuse is for parents or caregivers to actually apply these skills in real life. For example, a parent can use the skills learned in classes or programs to manage their anger or learn how to be a more nurturing parent to their child. However, it is important to note that continued effort on the part of the caregiver is a must in order to prevent child abuse. On the other hand, there are many parents who are not at risk for abusing their children. And these parents believe that education is essential to its prevention. Parents can educate their children by teaching them the difference between right and wrong touch and the significance of body ownership. Additionally, and also just as important, parents can teach their children how to say no to a potential abuser. This dramatically decreases the chance that the child will targeted for abuse. Lastly, parents can teach their children about the importance of disclosing abuse to a trusted adult such as a school employee or counselor. (“National Committee to
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