Chap_11_part_2

Chap_11_part_2 - Child Abuse Childabuse: Serious physical...

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1 Child Abuse Child abuse : Serious physical harm (trauma, sexual abuse with injury, or willful malnutrition) of a child by an adult, with intent to injure Most tolerated form of family violence (socio-historically) Goes back to Puritans Good parents had moral duty to “break child’s will”
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Figure 11.1 Substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect, 2006 2
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Prevalenc e Neglect is the most common type of child abuse and neglect figures Physical abuse was the next common type of abuse Child abuse is not equally likely in all families Most common in low-income families and families where the husband did not have a full-time job 3
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Sexual Abuse and Its Consequences Social surveys report higher prevalence than state child protection officials’ reports 17% of women and 12% of men said they were touched sexually before puberty Incest: Sexual relations with one’s child, brother, or sister 4
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Sexual Abuse and Its Consequences (cont.) Literature suggests sexual abuse as a child has long-term consequences on adult’s sexual behavior and intimacy More likely to have short term, violent intimate relationships as adults Traumatic sexual experiences can lead to Inappropriate sexual behaviors and feelings Lack of trust Powerlessness 5
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Physical Abuse and Its Consequences Can lead to same consequences as sexual abuse Can also lead to brain injuries and growth retardation Young children are at greatest risk of dying of physical abuse 6
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