Childhood Traum A Child 's Character, Mentality, And Future Social Behavior Essay
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Childhood Trauma May Result in Criminal Comportment
The childhood of an individual can be very crucial in the development of the child’s character, mentality, and future social behavior. In The Confession (2011), John Grisham makes apparent that a child, like Boyette, who experiences traumas during childhood, may manifest criminal comportment. Criminal comportment in adolescence and/or adulthood may be due to various childhood traumas a child experiences such as emotional, physical, and sexual abuse; emotional and physical neglect; incarcerated member(s) of the household; and substance abuse. According to The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) score— a scale created to measure the amount of harsh conditions an individual has experienced throughout his/her childhood (Levenson & Grady, 2016, p. 95)— traumas include: “emotional, physical, and sexual abuse; witnessing household violence; substance abuse; household mental illness; and having an incarcerated household member… physical and emotional neglect and parental separation/divorce” (Foz, Perez, Cass, Baglivio, & Epps, 2015, p. 165)
When analyzing Boyette’s character, one can conclude that Boyette experienced 6 out of 10 of the traumas stated in the ACE score. From this information, the idea that traumas result in criminal comportment may very well be valid, and thanks to Grisham a very vivid example is portrayed.
According to “Child abuse in the U.S.,” (n.d.), 25.4% of prisoners were physically abused before the age