DP.12.3 - Developmental Psychology 12/3 Child Abuse...

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Developmental Psychology 12/3 Child Abuse - Situational factors causing abuse o Family member in combat o Overwhelmed caregivers (young, lack education, lack social support) o Stressful family events (death, divorce, serious illness, move) o Alcohol or substance abuse - Consequences of abuse o Physical disability, long-term illness, brain damage, death o Abnormally low levels of social concern React with apathy, anger, or hostility in reaction to others distress (learning from parents) o 80% experience disorganized attachment o o higher liklihood of running away, sexual promiscuity, drug abuse, suicide, continue on to be abusive - But many abused children become healthy adults o Able to establish warm, loving relationships o Majority of abused children do not abuse their own children as parents o More likely to break abuse cycle if: Receive emotional support from non-abusive adult during childhood Participated in therapy at some point In non-abusive relationship with spouse - What can be done? o Harsh Punishment for child abusers o Problems: child abuse often difficult legally to prove o However once you recognize the abuse children are reluctant to leave even abusive parents, it’s traumatizing to be separated from the parents o The other alternative is the fostercare system which has its own pitfalls - Tripartite model: o Primary prevention: bring in the issue of child abuse to ppls minds so
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course PSYC 200.132 taught by Professor Lisafeigenson during the Spring '11 term at Johns Hopkins.

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DP.12.3 - Developmental Psychology 12/3 Child Abuse...

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