Consequences Of Childhood Maltreatment, And Substance Abuse For Young Children

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This society continues to plague itself with violent crime, substance abuse and incredible behavioral inconsistencies among average citizens. We might ask ourselves why these problems continue. One explanation is that childhood calamities, such as mental and physical abuse, have enormous negative impacts on children that persist as they mature into adults. Adolescents exposed to physical maltreatment statistically display increased risk for behaviors and attitudes detrimental to personal and mental health such as drug use, attempted suicide, and teenage pregnancy. Research has demonstrated that physical abuse can often be disguised as corporal punishment, which should therefore be illegal. This paper will demonstrate that childhood abuses …show more content…
are fairly ambiguous as these guidelines vary from study to study. For example, a journal article titled, "Correlates and Consequences of Harsh Discipline for Young Children", defined harsh and corporal punishment as physical discipline not severe enough to be labeled as abuse (Smith 777). Another journal title article titled, "The Relationship between Physical Maltreatment and Substance Use among Adolescents: A Survey of 95,788 Adolescents in Hong Kong" collated corporal punishment and physical abuse when studying correlations between harsh forms of punishment and substance abuse among adolescents. These slight inconsistencies are noted, as they can be important to take into account when analyzing multiple research studies regarding the effects of corporal …show more content…
According to an article titled, “Association between Physical Abuse, Physical Neglect and Health Risk Behaviours among Young Adolescents: Results from the National Study”, researchers discovered that being exposed to corporal punishment at a young age “increased the likelihood of being a smoker [by] about 1.5 times. (Peshevska 386-387)” The study also reported that children are about one time more likely to abuse other substances as a result of physical neglect. What is most interesting about these data results is not so much the confirmation of the negative impact of corporal punishment but the increased likelihoods of becoming a smoker and abusing other substances. While the results and conclusions can be mostly limited to the sample size of the study, if these statistics hold true on a much larger scale, these statistics are

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