What Leads a Parent to Mistreat Their Children for Attention?

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Childhood abuse may be our number one public health issue (Wylie 1). Munchausen By Proxy is a type of child abuse, where the perpetrator is most commonly a parent or guardian of a small child. The parent will purposely neglect and abuse their child to receive attention from doctors and other individuals. This leads us to question, what leads a parent to mistreat their children in the first place? In several cases the cause of the abuse can be linked to family relationship issues. In the novel Sickened, by Julie Gregory, Gregory recounts her childhood with a mother who was diagnosed with Munchausen By Proxy. She tells the readers that her “mother married at the tender age of nineteen.” Marrying him when she was young caused them to argue…show more content…
As the children get older the likelihood of overcoming these habits is very low. It is imperative that someone takes the children who are victims of their parents away. The children need to be protected from their parents or they could be killed, and if they aren’t killed it is very probable that when they have children of their own they will develop Munchausen By Proxy in the same way as their parents. In the movie A Child’s Cry for Help, Directed by Sandor Stern, Doctor Spencer hypothesizes that her patient’s mother is deliberately causing her son to become extremely sick. She is correct in this theory, and upon taking the patient’s mother to court she is found guilty. The doctor saved her patient, and she contributed to stop the horrifying cycle that is Munchausen By Proxy. However, the most common reason found of why parents abuse their children is because they were abused as a child by one of their close family members. In Sickened Julie told how her “Grandma [Madge] and I would climb in the car and go off and get in a car wreck.” It is understood that her grandmother influenced Sandy to start mistreating Julie. In another article, it mentioned that, “some batter because their fathers did – a warped legacy” (Burling A1+). The same goes for all kinds of abuse or neglect, people are much more likely to be a persecutor of abuse if their parents abused them. Another statistic states, “about thirty percent of abused and neglected children will later
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