The Impact of Child Physical Abuse on Academic Achievement and Behavior

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The Impact of Child Physical Abuse on Academic Achievement and Behavior In modern society, a child’s performance in school is considered an indicator of their abilities to create a successful future. Most children receive the love and support from their parents which contributes to adequate school performance. However, for children who are physically abused, school can add an incredible amount of pressure to an already stressful life. In regards to this paper, the term child physical abuse refers to the intentional acts of injury or harm to a person under the age of 18 by a parent or caregiver. These acts can be caused by and not limited to: hitting, slapping, kicking, stabbing, or burning. Krase (2011) mentions that educators and…show more content…
Buckle et al. (2005) concluded that children experienced child physical abuse were at a great risk for physical health problems. In addition to this, physical abuse can lead to brain damage and mental retardation (p.1042). The risk of brain damage and retardation is astounding because not only would this affect a child’s school life, but it would also affect their life as a whole. A child in a mainstream class that suffers brain damage due to a physical abuse incident may be placed in a special education class after the incident. This could be detrimental to their academic success and mental health. Boden, Horwood, and Fergusson (2007) examined the correlation between the child physical abuse and the education achievements later in childhood. Boden et al. (2007) found that due to injuries sustained during the incidents of abuse, physically abused children had lowered reading ability, had lower IQ scores, and did not complete a higher level of education (1111). This study illuminates the fact that the physical abuse not only affects the child at the moment the abuse happens, but has long lasting negative consequences. There is no telling if these children could have completed higher levels of education if they were not physically abused. Children who are victims of child physical abuse will have the bruises, scars, and possible internal injuries to show for it. A study by Naidoo (2000) looked at the different
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