Child Abuse And Its Effects On Children

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“No, no, please, please, don’t hit me, please? The sounds of screams and fear because there is an abusive father who’s taking his anger out on a little boy who’s 5 years old. Abuse is a silent killer. Those who endure such teacher and stay quiet, keep the abuser quiet. Children and their family can better understand what abuse is, how common it is for children to experience it, the effects of abuse, the kinds of behaviors that demonstrate may be demonstrated in children who experience abuse and the intervention programs available to help tackle abuse.
Abuse is a world-wide issue that affects our children every day. According to a World Health Organization report (WHO, 1999), it stated that child abuse “constitutes all forms of physical and/or
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Every child that experience abuse is affected differently, some may exhibit long term effects while others do not. If children who are exposed to abuse, go untreated and do not receive help are at risk too many mental health and physical effects. Some children may exhibit mental health issues such as, anxiety, depression, dissociation, difficulty concentrating, academic problems in school-aged children and adolescents, withdrawn and/or difficulty connecting with others, flashbacks, increased hypervigilance, difficulty sleeping. There are also physical effects such as “bruises, welts or swelling, sprains or fractures, burns, lacerations or abrasions, difficulty in walking or sitting, torn, stained or bloody clothing, Pain or itching in the genital area; bruises or bleeding in the external genital area, sexually transmitted infections or diseases, lack of adequate supervision, nutrition or shelter, poor hygiene and inappropriate dress” (Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect, n.d).
Children who witness abuse is affected as well. “Current research has found that children exposed to domestic violence are at an increased risk for emotional and behavioral problems, including anxiety, depression and academic problems. The research also suggests that some children who have witnessed domestic violence show no symptoms of psychological distress” (Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect,
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Some intervention programs have a scientific basis, while others do not. The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), is an evidence based program. “It is an early intervention and secondary prevention model that is implemented immediately following a potentially traumatic event of the disclosure of physical or sexual abuse. The intervention focuses on reducing early post-traumatic stress reactions, to decrease the likelihood of the child developing longer-term post-traumatic psychiatric disorders, and to identify children who may need longer-term mental health care. CFTSI was evaluated in Child Advocacy Center setting. In a recent completed analysis of 134 CFTSI cases at the Safe Horizon CACs in New York City (Berkowitz, Stover, & Marans, 2011), the trauma symptoms of children who received CFTSI decreased 54%. Caregiver satisfaction was extremely high with over 98% of the 64 caregivers saying that they would recommend the CFTSI intervention to a friend. Staff was satisfied as well and reported an increased sense of efficacy after the introduction of the model” (Evidence-based and evidence-informed programs: Prevention program descriptions classified by CBCAP evidence-based and evidence-informed categories (PDF - 659 KB),

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