The Effects Of Child Neglect

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No child should ever be abused. It is illegal and cruel. Three out of five children today are abused (Child Abuse Facts 1), but not all abuses are reported. Children suffering from abuse can be counseled in order to recover, but it can sometimes be a difficult process, and in some cases children are not able to recover. Child abuse can sometimes lead to death. Although child abuse is extremely condemnable, children today are suffering from different types of child abuse all around the world. Child abuse is any act that results in a child’s serious physical or emotional harm. It may involve physical maltreatment or sexual molestation of a child. It is usually an act by a parent, caretaker sibling, family member, or other person that results…show more content…
Neglect is slightly different from other types of abuse but it is as equally harmful to children. Neglect is the failure of the child’s parent or caretaker to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs (What is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms 3). This type of abuse can negatively effect serious impairments of the child’s health and development (Child Abuse Fact 4). Not all forms of neglect are purposely intended. Whether a child is neglected intentionally or unintentionally, the act upon it is ruthless and no child should feel unwanted or…show more content…
The abuse can lead to many changes in behavior. The child will often appear scared, anxious, depressed, or more aggressive (10 Signs of Child Abuse 1). Other behavior changes may be behaviors shown at an earlier age, such as thumb- sucking, bed-wetting, or fear of the dark or strangers. For some children, even the loss of memory may be an issue (10 Signs of Child Abuse 1). Most children who are abused are abused at home; therefore they have a fear of going home. They will express apprehension or anxiety about leaving school or public places, or about going places with the person who abuses them (10 Signs of Child Abuse1). Eating behaviors is common among children who are being abused. The stress and anxiety caused by abuse can lead to the changes in a child’s eating behavior. This can result in weight gain or weight loss. Sometimes the weight gain or loss can be very server (10 Signs of Child Abuse 1). Abuse can change a child’s sleeping pattern. When abused a child may have frequent nightmares or have difficulty falling asleep because of their fearful thoughts about their abuse. As a result, the child will appear tired or fatigued (10 Signs of Child Abuse

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