The Effects Of Childhood Abuse On Children Essay

2002 Words May 3rd, 2016 9 Pages
Irsa Shahzadi
Professor Moshe Winograd
Introductory Child Psychology 2210
May, 1st, 2016

The Effects of Childhood Abuse

When a caregiver deliberately harms a minor physically, emotionally, sexually, or by acts of neglect, it is classified as a crime of child abuse. According to the Child Help organization a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the United States. The United States has one of the worst records of child abuse in the leading industrial nations by losing four to seven children per day to child abuse and neglect. The organization also concluded that child abuse has a prevalence rate of 28.3%, sexual abuse has 20.7%, and emotional abuse has a rate of 10.6% in America. In a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study they concluded that among the young adults who suffered child abuse or neglect about 80% of them could be diagnose with at least one psychiatric disorder by the age 21. Although, child abuse may end before adulthood it results in a lifelong mental struggle. During the stages of infancy and early childhood the brain develops at an incredible pace, which is affected by the interactions the child has with his caregiver, family, and community. Studies indicate that the quality and quantity of these interactions affect the child’s brain development. It is vital to meet the child’s necessities during this stage to create emotional stability and emotional security for a healthy brain development. When a child is…

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