How Child Abuse Effects Students Education

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How Child Abuse Effects a Student’s Education To look into the eyes of a child and witness a fearful and emotionless gaze due to child abuse is devastating. All children deserve their innocence yet there are many who have it ripped from them. Many would agree that a child’s education is something of value and that someday they will be controlling and determining our future. However, there are several who beg to differ and decide to detrimentally effect a child’s education. Child abuse is the physical, emotional, or sexual mistreatment of a child and is a leading case in the United States. A child is physically, psychologically, emotionally, behaviorally and cognitively effected due to child abuse. It is not a simple problem but…show more content…
Physically abused boys are more aggressive and noncompliant, where as girls are withdrawn and wary. According to Trocm & Caunce, physically abused children display less social engagement with their peers and have are at lower levels of cognitive maturity. Although displaying these attributes may not be an effect of child abuse, it is important to be aware of student who show these characteristics. Neglect makes up for 59% of child abuse statistics and is defined as “failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child” (Dictionary.com). Neglect is broken down into four categories: physical, educational, emotional and psychological, and medical. “A physically neglected child may not be provided with adequate food, clothing, shelter and supervision” (USDHHS, 2007). Neglected children show developmental delays from infancy to early childhood, and show more delayed language skills than abused children, as stated by Trickett & McBride-Chang (2005). These children endure a lifetime of low self-esteem. There are also children who suffer from mixed maltreatment, who endure the effects of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and all cases of child neglect in their lifetime. Trickett and McBride-Chang (2005) show that these children display severe developmental delays in every category. Their physical and motor development is

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