ns not only an
individual or family problem but a societal problem. Children who survive
abuse grow up more plausible to negatively impact society in many ways. The
effects of child abuse on its victims are devastating and life-long. The
effects on society are pervasive. Many possible outcomes exist for children
experiencing abuse, which range from mild, almost unnoticeable personality
effects to full-blown breakdowns in healthy functioning.
Effects of child
abuse implement various critical problems: physical, psychological, and
The first significant dilemma triggered by child abuse includes
physical oppression. The usual physical abuse scenario involves a parent
who losses control and lashes out at a child. The source may be normal
child behavior that causes the parent to house deep-rooted negative
feelings toward their children. These types of situations lead to numerous
complications for the children and may cause a child to display fearful
behavior. For example, the child may have a fear of physical contact
causing the child to shrink back if touched.
The child might not
participate in sports containing physical contact. In addition to the fear
of physical contact, children have the fear of people they know closely.
The child will display signs of not wanting to be around these people
because of their experience with abuse. They believe that everyone they
know, love and trust will abuse them. Along with this, the child will
exhibit indication of not wanting medical help. They try to hide the
injuries afraid of what will happen if anyone finds out.
The child gives a
skeptical excuse has to how the injury or injuries occurred. They try to
hide injuries by covering them up even if the weather is hot. Along with
excuses come the unexplainable or reoccurrence of injuries. For instance, a
child may state a different story each time an injury is explained to
someone. The explanation of the injury does not relate to the story the
child tells. A child conceals the truth afraid of what might happens if
anyone come across what is going on.
Another example reveals that the child
may refuse to undress in front of others obviously to hide the possibility
of bruises, welts, burns or other injuries noticed on the body. A child’s
health problems are associated closely with abuse. For example, one of the
most prominent problems is impaired development. Impaired brain development
establishes when important regions of the brain fail to form properly. It
causes the child fail in skills that normal children their age succeed in.
Along with development problems, stress exists as a major factor.
can cause the child to have weight problems, which typically are eating
disorders. Other stress related problems can occur, such as, migraines,
gastrointestinal problems, or hypertension just to name a few. In addition
to all this, death can result from abuse especially in babies. Children
less than one are vulnerable to injury from shaking and that is recognized
as shaken baby syndrome. Parents tend to snatch the child up and just start
shaking them. The physical mistreatment a child receives from abuse can
overwhelm them and their future.
The second catastrophic obstacle incorporated with child abuse deals
with psychological cruelty. The immediate emotional effects of abuse can
translate into life-long struggles for a child. Child abuse may permanently
alter the psychological well-being of a child. Inappropriate control
represents one of the main causes of alteration of the psychological well-
being and it is present in three forms. Lack of control puts children at
risk for danger to themselves and robs them of knowledge handed down
through human history. In a situation like this, the parent or abuser has
no control over anything he or she does.
Over control prevents children
from exploring the world around them and deprives children of opportunities
for self-assertion and self-development. Inconsistent control causes
anxiety and confusion in children. It can lead to a variety of problematic
behaviors. In addition, withdrawal is experienced in many different
environments. Children may start performing poorly in school and lack
interest in any hobbies or extracurricular activities. The children may see
themselves without a future due to the absence of any goals.
possibly abandon their friends. The child may believe that no one can be
trusted. When the abuse take place at home the child finds an excuse to
stay away or even run away from home completely. Children use these
situations as a way to escape from their life. Furthermore, a child’s
emotions are damaged when dealing with abuse. Belittling a child can cause
them to see .