Child Maltreatment And Its Effects On Children Essay

1677 Words Mar 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Child maltreatment is any intentional or accidental behaviors by parents or caretakers that cause harm to a child. There are many different types of maltreatment including neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. “A Child called it” and “The Lost Boy” are two heart-wrenching books that explore the different forms of child maltreatment experienced during the childhood of the author, Dave Pelzer. Through the eyes of Dave, we explore the traumatic physical and mental abuse that he endured from his alcoholic mother. In “The Lost Boy”, we learn what life was like for Dave after he was removed from his mother’s home and became a ward of the state. Both of these books show Dave’s strength and willingness always to help others in need. Domestic abuse can have adverse effects on children, most times resulting emotional and behavioral issues. This can range from hearing abuse from another room to actually witnessing physical abuse. Besides the obvious physical abuse that Dave endures, his parents’ arguments had psychological effects on him as well. In class, we discussed the effects domestic violence can have on a child. In Dave’s case, he suffered from depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and a form of PTSD. He would often time recall arguments among his parents and how he felt as if he was the cause of the family’s problems. Spiritual dilemma also came into play when Dave would say things like “why is God allowing this happen to me?” An example of…

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