The Effects of Physical and Verbal Abuse on Children

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One of the rising issues among children in our society today is the verbal and physical abuse they are receiving from their parents and guardians. This is creating unhealthy families and dysfunctional environments where children are the victims of these abusive homes. Another cause of concern is the psychological and emotional detachment abusive children have to endure.
These affects occur when they have a history of being neglected or physically abused. A
UNICEF on child wellbeing reported that the United States and the United Kingdom are ranked lowest among industrial nations with respect to child well being. They also found that it’s more common for child abuse to occur in single-parent families than in families where
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Which keeps them from ever achieving their intellectual potential. Another psychological concern is the physical stress. If the child is continually exposed to multiple violent and trauma acts, they will be physically stressed out. When the child experiences this act over and over again, there are permanent psychological changes. A child having over-reactions to things that remind them of the original event can create difficulty in concentration and attention. There are emotional effects such as isolation and inability to trust other peers. This essentially can translate into low-self esteem and depression. In one long-term study, “as many as 80 percent of young adults who had been abused met the diagnostic criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder at age 21. These young adults exhibited many problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and suicide attempts”( Silverman, Reinherz & Giaconia, 1996). NSCAW found that children who were placed out of home-care due to abuse or neglect were scored lower on measures of cognitive capacity, language development, and academic achievement. In other words, they experienced difficulties with their academics being neglected or abused by parents or relatives. Other factors related to child abuse is shyness. More abused children will tend to shy away from meeting new people. This creates antisocial traits as they grow up. Raised under these conditions leads

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