Child Abuse And Neglect Of Children

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Child abuse and neglect are highly contested concepts, underpinned by and subject to a range of political and cultural factors particular to the society in which they occur. Therefore, child abuse and neglect are not phenomena that lend themselves to easy definition or measurement (Corby, 2006:79). This means that child abuse or neglect cannot be defined unless we take the cultural context into consideration, for what is considered to be abusive or neglectful in one society could be acceptable in another. Female circumcision, for example, is considered abusive and illegal in Britain, but it is acceptable and even desirable in Egypt. Although no solid definition of child abuse can be widely agreed upon, the main areas of abuse remain the…show more content…
It may involve conveying to the children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being placed on children. It may involve causing children frequently to feel frightened, or the exploitation or corruption of children (Department of Health, 1999: 5-6).
It appears that emotional abuse experience is commonly involved in all types of child abuse, though it may occur alone.
Neglect: The persistent failure to meet a child 's physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child 's health or development. It may involve a parent or caregiver failing to provide adequate food, shelter and clothing, failing to protect a child from physical harm or danger, or the failure to ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to a child 's basic emotional needs (Department of Health, 1999: 6).

It is expected for a child that the impact of abuse would be most serious if it is inflicted by their own parents in situations of what can be called "domestic violence" (Jouriles et al, 2008:221). Seriousness of the domestic abuse experience stems from the tragic fact the child is abused by the very persons he/she turns to for satisfying the needs of love and protection. Studying the causes and consequences of

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