The Psychological Effects of Child Abuse

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The Psychological Effects of Child Abuse A recent study has found that five children die daily, due to abuse and neglect. According to the World Health Organization, “Studies show that psychiatric disorders and suicidal behavior are side effects of violence towards infants and younger children. Some of damaging behavior caused by abuse includes the following: Depression, alcohol and drug abuse, smoking, anxiety disorders, aggression and violence towards others, risky sexual behaviors and post-traumatic stress disorders” (Violence and Injury Prevention ). This document will examine the psychological effects of child maltreatment. Immediate Effects of Child Abuse Physical abuse is behavior that results from a complex web of attitudes, variables, and factors. It is difficult to predict accurately which families might be abusive and which might re-offend. Some of the physical effects of child abuse include the following: • Unexplained burns, cuts, bruises, or welts in the shape of an object • Bite marks • Fractures • Head and internal injuries • Anti-social behavior • Problems in school • Fear of adults Long-Range Effects of Child Abuse According to an article on ChildHelp, “36.7% of all women in prison and 14.4% of all men in prison in the United States were abused as children. [And] one third of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse” (Immediate Effects of Child Abuse). • In 2011, approximately
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