Early Childhood Neglect

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Moreover, we note that early childhood neglect has an impact on the future of that child as an adult or young adult. There are clear differences in gender. “Males generally have higher rates of criminal behavior than females, but females abused or neglected in childhood were 73 percent more likely than control group females to be arrested for property, alcohol, drug, and such misdemeanor offenses as disorderly conduct, curfew violations, or loitering.” (Widom & Maxfield, 2001). It is also stated that females are exposed to an increased risk of arrest for violence as juveniles and adults due to a result of early childhood neglect and abuse. Widom saw little difference between races. Neglected and abused black or white children were more likely …show more content…
This usually involves both parents neglecting and abandoning their child. But can abandonment happen when only one parent does it? Although most people see child abandonment as a joint effort by parents, it is possible that only one parent abandons and estranges his or herself from the child, whilst the other parent still remains active and attentive in the child’s life. Although, does the abandonment of only one parent actually have a significant impact on a child’s future? I found that, yes, it does have a significant impact on a child. The most common form that we see this type of abandonment is through divorce. A married couple with have a child and unfortunately go their separate ways. In some instances, the child is left with one parent while the other completely or somewhat estranges themselves from the child. So, how does this really impact a child’s …show more content…
As I have explained before, abandonment has many effects on a child future. If caught early, these children can grow up to achieve some type of normalcy in their lives. Some, unfortunately, are not as lucky as others and become another statistic. Some children grow up to be adults who perpetuate cycles of violence, abandonment and crime. In the article “Does Child Abuse and Neglect Increase Risk for Perpetration of Violence Inside and Outside the Home?” by Isabel Milaniak and Cathy Spatz Widom, they address the perpetration of violence by adults who have experience abuse and neglect in their childhood. “Abuse and neglect cases were drawn from the records of county juvenile and adult criminal courts in a metropolitan area in the Midwest during the years 1967 through 1971.” (Milaniak and Widom, Page 248, 2015). They found that people who had been neglected as children were just likely to be arrested for committing a violent act as those children who had a past of physical abuse. “Adaptations of Bandura’s (1973) social learning theory posit that physically abused children adopt the violent behavior patterns they experience from their parents through parental modeling and observational learning” (Milaniak and Widom, Page 249, 2015). In order to obtain accurate information, they studied cases that came before the

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