Child Abuse Essay Child Abuse is behavior by and adult that harms a childs
physical, mental, or emotional health and development. Some types of child
abuse are neglect, and physical abuse. An example of neglect would be
medical neglect. This is where the child does not get the proper medical
attention needed. Some examples of physical abuse would be sexual and
The American Humane Society estimates that nearly 34 out of
every 1,000 American children are abused in some way. Most children are
too afraid to admit they have been abused; in fact, less than 20 percent of the
cases reported were reported by the child being abused. The number one
cause of child abuse is stress. The maltreatment or abuse of children can lead
to death. Last year, estimated 1,196 child fatalities from maltreatment
occurred. That would mean 3 children would die every day in the United
States from abuse and neglect.
Conflicts One of the most frequent and
common conflicts is neglect. This conflict is most frequent in divorce cases
and single parents. The cause of this conflict is because of the single parent is
always at work or busy with their dating/social life. Another conflict is the
maltreatment due to substance-abusing parents. A study in 1999 found that
children of substance-abusing parents were almost 3 times likelier to be
abused and more than 4 times likelier to be neglected than children of parents
who are not substance abusers. Steps to Resolution: 1.
Calm down, stop
arguing, and take time to cool-off. 2. Describe the problem, be specific, get
both sides of the story, and separate feelings from the facts. 3. Think of
solutions. Write down every solution that you can think of.
4. Weigh every
solution, think about possible results, and ask yourself: ~What will happen if
we do this? ~Will we both get what we need? ~Who else might be affected
by this choice? 5. Chose one solution and carry it out. Then ask if it has been
working. Resolutions In a situation where a single parent has just come home
from a long, stressful day at work. The child ask for some dinner, and starts
to whine when the parent exclaims he doesnt have any.
The parent gets
agitated and loses it: 1. The parent just needs to calm down and separate
himself from the child until he is calmed. 2. The parent can explain to the child
that he has had a long day at work and did not have time to pick up dinner on
the way home. The child can express his feelings of hunger, and the fact that
he needs something to eat for dinner. 3.
They can both sit down,
discuss/write down solutions to getting some dinner. Such as, calling for
delivery pizza or fixing something quick at home. 4. They can weigh the two
solutions, and think of the results and outcomes of each solution. They can
ask themselves the three questions. 5.
As they choose the best solution, they
can ask themselves, Did I get my dinner?/Did I provide dinner for my
child? Resolving conflicts in child abuse can be difficult when someone
looses their temper, but other than that they are fairly easy to prevent and
resolve. Child Abuse Conflicts Each and every one of us as a moral
responsibility and unfortunately, not enough of us take it. .