Neglect • A pattern of failure to meet the basic needs of a child, including sufficient food, clothes, hygiene or supervision. Child abuse isn't always easy to find. Often a parent may be physically or psychologically unable to take care of a child, such as in cases of severe injury or illness, or uncontrolled anxiety and depression. At times, alcohol or substance abuse can severely affect judgment and the ability to keep a child safe. Warning signs of neglect of children: • Garments are improper, dirty or inadequate • Hygiene is regularly poor (unwashed body, unwashed hair, visible body stench) • Untreated diseases and physical injury • Is often left unattended or left alone or permitted to play in dangerous conditions • Is often late or absent from school.
Why is Child abuse a Problem? • Most children who have been abused in some way experience some type of psychological problem. Such issues can include: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, co-dependence, or even loss of interpersonal relations. There is also a strong propensity for neglected children to become child abusers themselves. • American boys and girls of all ages, races, gender and economic backgrounds are vulnerable. According to researchers, one in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18. • These innocents are not going to be targeted by unknown strangers. Sixty-eight per cent of the victims will be molested by a family member, and 90 per cent of the victims will know their abuser in some way. • Predators are easy to get close to insecure or depressed children who are searching for someone in their lives.
What elements of society contribute to Child abuse? Children exposed to child abuse are often exposed to co-occurring domestic violence (DV) and environmental stressors such as: • Insufficient income • Marital problems • Life stressors • Low parental education • Unemployment • Substance abuse • Social determinants of health (SDH) are environments in which individuals, including the healthcare system, are born, develop, live, function and age. Those conditions include the freedom people need to live lives that they admire and are formed by the distribution of income, power and wealth at global, national and local levels.
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