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11/8/07 Domestic Violence -Is the real rate rising or is the rate of reporting going up? No one knows -1 st study of child abuse not conducted until 1980; began scientific investigation of -Child abuse= Injury or pattern of injuries to a child this is non-accidental -Abused child= child who’s physical or psychological well-being is harmed or threatened by acts or omissions -Depends on 3 factors: child’s age, intentionality (you can’t accidentally abuse someone), and seriousness of the injury -Things to remember: Really hard topic to get research on only available through police reports, ER records, CPS records (by definition extreme cases, someone has noticed and done something about it); most vile and despicable literature in the world 1. Types of Abuse a. Abandonment= temporary or permanent abandonment of a child by a caregiver b. Neglect= knowingly withholding the basic necessities of life (food, shelter, clothing, medical care, etc.); most common c. Emotional= commission: deliberate devaluation of the child (demanding things of their kids that in no way can happen- asking a 4 year old to cook dinner; shame, guilt, etc.); omission: parents should provide but they don’t (support, love, stability) d. Physical= deliberate physical injury to a child e. Sexual= deliberate sexual contact between an adult and child for the gratification of the adult; remember a child can be 17; multiple forms 2. Figures/Statistics a. Physical: most abused are 0-5 years of age; Lubbock has 150 reported per month; about 90% of all prison inmates report being physically abused as a child i. Long-term outcomes: poor self-esteem, difficulty in maintaining close interpersonal relationships, low impulse control, adults who suffered physical abuse as children are more likely t become physical abusers themselves b. Sexual: typical sexual abuse victim= female under age of 12 i. Abused are typically female, while abusers are typically males ii. 80% of all sexual abuse cases are perpetrated by someone who is known by the child and the family iii. Sings that children MIGHT have been sexually abused: 1. May become withdrawn 2. May begin wetting the bed 3. May stop eating 4. May begin doing poorly in school 5. Doing something out of the ordinary for them or stop doing things that they usually do 6. Others don’t show any indication at all 3. Child abuse is found in all areas: urban, suburban, rural, high SES, low SES 4. About 4/5 cases go unreported 5. Correlates of Abuse a. Children that are most likely to be abused: i. Premature 1. Some people say that the early attachment process does not occur because the kid goes to NICU while the mom goes home ii. Kids with difficult temperaments: colicky & hyperactive iii. Kids who suffer from mental or physical disabilities iv. Chronically ill children 1. One argument is that these kids are just difficult to care for 2. They are different than most kids b. Characteristics of parents: More likely to: i. Have impossible expectations for their kids
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course HDFS 3320 taught by Professor Crawford during the Fall '07 term at Texas Tech.

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