Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect

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Child abuse is defined as the mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian (dictionary.com). The different types of child abuse are emotional, neglect, physical, and sexual; abuse each having unique signs for the specific type of abuse. Child abuse can have many effects throughout an individual’s development including the possibility of the repeating abuse to their own children when they have a family.

According to the textbook “Human Development,” emotional abuse or maltreatment is the rejection, terrorization, degradation, ridicule, or failure to give love, emotional support, and affection (p. 207). Emotional abuse can have significant damage to the child’s mental and social development. Some ways parents are emotionally abusive
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In some cases taking care of children can overwhelming especially for teen parents who do not have needed support or financial support for their children. This can often lead to neglect or emotional abuse. Parents who were abused themselves might not know how to care for children so they repeat what their parents did to them. (Saisan)

All types of abuse have life-long emotional effects on the child. Abused children often have a lack of trust and problems with relationships. Saisan says, “abuse by a primary caregiver damages the most fundamental relationship as a child.” When that relationship is broken, it makes it extremely difficult for a child to learn how to trust people which can make it difficult to hold a relationship and have unhealthy relationships because the child grew up not knowing what a good relationship was. Strong feelings of being “damaged” or “worthless” also occur. This usually happens when a child suffers from emotional abuse when they are repeatedly told that they are “worthless, no good, stupid, etc,” so they develop into adults with that mindset. Also sexually abused children might grow up with the feeling of being damaged. Children may also grow up to have problems controlling or adjusting to their emotions. They might be afraid or not know how to express their

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