Effect of Child Abuse in Our Society

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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

EFFECT OF CHILD ABUSE IN OUR SOCIETY

INTRODUCTION

Child abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional abandonment and/or maltreatment of a child. Child abuse is a latent function of some families that is not intended but happens anyway. Child abuse is often seen differently, depending on various cultures, societies, and groups. We as a society cannot really understand the effect of “Child Abuse in Our Society” unless we have the grasp knowledge of what child abuse actually is. This paper will thus explain in detail, the causes of child abuse, as understanding the causes of abuse is crucial to addressing the problem of child abuse.
This paper will also show the micro and macro
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Psychological problems often manifest as high-risk behaviors. Depression and anxiety, for example, may make a person more likely to smoke, abuse alcohol or illicit drugs. (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2008).

The Macro effect of child abuse in our society and the cultural implications are in the greater capacity compare to the “micro” effects. Most of the criminal cases in America today have traces to the upbringing of the alleged criminal. Most convicted murderer has told the story of their child abuse experience which as a result, developed them into a non caring people.

Child abuse gives the abused child a distorted view of the society, be it emotional, physical, or sexual. The abused child will grow disoriented and often unable to engage with the general population, also they suffer developmental skills resulting in various social problems in life, which in turn affects all of us one way or another such as, increase in crime rate, unrest due to various attacks in the society, addition to drugs in a attempt to hide from their problems.

Although specific causes are not known, a significant body of research has identified several risk and protective factors. Multiple risk factors are more likely to increase the probability of abuse. For example, lack of preparation or knowledge of the demands of parenting can lead to abusive or
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