Running head: DEVELOPMENT OF ABUSED CHILDREN AS THEY AGE 1 Development of Abused Children as They Age Developmental Psychology February 18, 2014
Running head: DEVELOPMENT OF ABUSED CHILDREN AS THEY AGE 1 “It was dark in the cold room. I lay on a bare, dirty mattress that hurt my back. I’m not allowed to have nice blankets like I see at other houses. Mommy says that I’m a naughty girl that doesn’t deserve those. My friend Amy has a pretty pink blanket with purple sheets. Mommy said I would never have those things. I wait for my eyes to adjust and look around. There are holes in the walls from where mommy and daddy get mad. The floor is dirty again. I never clean it well enough. It’s really cold in my room. The window is broken from when mommy got mad at my big brother. He cut his arm really bad. I cried and got yelled at. He was trying to protect me when he went through the window. Mommy wouldn’t take him to the doctor. She said he wasn’t worth the money so she poured peroxide on it and made him scream. Then she took a long white bandage and tied it around his arm. But he got punished because he got it dirty the next day. I walk to my dresser and find a long shirt. I love this shirt because it’s my favorite. My grandma sent it to me for my birthday last year. It’s beautiful and pink with hearts on it. It feels really tight on me now, but I still love it. I put it on over my t-shirt and underwear to keep me warm. I’m still very cold. I go to the closet and find the Barbie box. I can’t have the Barbie toy unless the other kids are here. Mommy says it’s for the daycare kids and I’m too naughty to play with it. It’s a big box. I keep my old toys in it so that I don’t make a mess and make mommy mad. I sometimes use the box to crawl in when I’m cold. It keeps me warmer if I’m in the closet. I wish mommy would be nice to me like she is to the daycare kids. I’m not sure why I woke up but I know what will happen next. I hear the yelling start. Mommy and daddy are drunk again. And I know that means they were using the needles that are in their room.” One does not understand the severe emotional and physical abuse that some children undergo in their early life or how it will impact those children as they grow. How will these children respond to hostility later in their life? How will they cope with their past? How do
Running head: DEVELOPMENT OF ABUSED CHILDREN AS THEY AGE 1 they cope with their present? We will cover the child’s regulation of attention in response to hostility as well as how intimate partner violence affects the child. The exploration and validation of clusters of physically abused children will also be discussed. Basic consumer health information about child neglect and the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of children, featuring facts about risk factors, prevention initiatives, reporting requirements, legal interventions, child protective services, and therapy options to help those that are in a situation of abuse and want help. The longitudinal study of self-regulation, positive parenting, and
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