Essay on Child Abuse Can be Reduced by Educating Parents

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Parenting is not instinctive. If it were, everyone who had a child would be a good parent. Consequently, child abuse is a rising phenomenon in our society. Though no single factor has been identified as the cause of child maltreatment, it appears to be influenced by parents' histories, psychological resources, and economic status. Parenting must be learned. While this is often done through experience, education courses for individuals prior to their becoming parents, and close evaluation of questionable homes could enhance parents' knowledge and the childrens' well being. A large number of abusive parents have histories of physical and emotional abuse inflicted upon them during their childhood. Thus, they were deprived of …show more content…
The remaining cases are represented by friends or relatives(Justice 73). Most abusers range from 20 to 40 years of age, but the majority of fatalities are inflicted by parents in the 16 to 20 year old age bracket(Justice 74). Four factors often used to identify abusers are "loneliness; rigidity; problems with self-image, family and friends; and lack of social skills and self-control. Rigidity and problems with self-image were the strongest indicators of potential abuse among these factors"(Justice 77). Economic status seems to play a large role in contributing to child abuse. According to the Child Protection Service, all of the families in their program are considered financially unstable, less than half hold jobs, 38% receive public assistance, and 13% live with an unemployed partner(Janko 56). According to a study done by the Children's Defense Fund in 1990, "The United States had the highest percentage of children living in poverty of 8 industrialized nations. The poverty rate among children in our country was 2 to 3 times that of most other countries studied"(Janko 59). Though poverty and child abuse are undoubtably connected, income is no excuse for abuse. Occasionally, as in the case of David Peltzer, a parent will mistreat only one child, while exercising adequate care for its siblings. A closer evaluation of this questionable home life would have eliminated many of the disastrous results. Once the cycle of abuse is begun, it often keeps
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