Child Abuse and Neglect Essay

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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 maltreatment 4%, and other forms of maltreatment 12%.…show more content…
We don’t often believe a problem is significant, or even real, unless those who say so can provide impressive surrounding statistics. The media often insists on such statistics for their stories, even if no good ones exist. The media often report on statistics, good and bad, without providing the information we need to evaluate their quality and meaning. The media seldom tell us how the problem was defined, what questions were asked, what methods were used to seek answers, and who was studied. (Hopper, Jim Ph.D. 1996.). Physical child abuse effects vary from child to child, depending on six factors: the severity of the physical abuse, frequency of the physical abuse, age of the child when physical abuse began, child’s relationship to the abuser, availability of support persons, and child’s ability to cope. Severity of physical abuse: How hard a child is struck is only one aspect of severity. The implement the child is struck with is also a factor. This doesn’t mean that using an open hand or fist will result in fewer or lesser effects. The harm done to the child is measured by both physical injury and emotional injury. Frequency of the physical abuse: A single incident of physical abuse can result in severe trauma, but generally, the more often

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