Child Maltreatment Is A Serious And Global Issue Essay

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Introduction In 2013, an estimated 679,000 children victims of abuse and neglect and 1,520 children died from abuse and neglect in the United States (National Children’s Alliance, 2014). However, child maltreatment is not prevalent exclusively in North America. It is estimated that worldwide, almost 13 percent of children are sexually abused, almost 22 percent physically abused, 16 percent physically neglected, and over 18 percent emotionally neglected (Stoltenborgh, 2015). Severe consequences, such as impaired brain development, heart disease, poor attachment, depression, and anxiety, can be the result of child abuse and neglect (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2013). Therefore, child maltreatment is a serious and global issue.
In the United States, over 80 percent of child maltreatment perpetrators are a parent to the abused or neglected child (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012). Because of this, researchers have focused much attention on developing and testing programs that prevent high-risk parents from maltreating their children and deter parents already in the system from continuing the cycle of abuse. In his 1985 book, Changing the Abusive Parent, Arnold Goldstein outlines some of the first researched methods for teaching parenting, anger-management, and disciplining skills to abusive parents (Goldstein, 1985). However, with the push for evidence-based practices in social work, modern interventions have become more succinct and sophisticated. In…
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