The Pros And Cons Of Child Neglect

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The majority of Western society appears to misinterpret the definition of child neglect. Stereotype myths surrounding these misunderstandings typically discriminate and label lower class families by equating child neglect to only physical abuse assumptions. This research paper will examine the statement, “child neglect is more than bruises and broken bones.” (Smith & Segal, p. 1) Comparatively to child abuse, this paper will further examine child neglect as the act of failing to meet the child’s basic needs. Basic needs may include health care, supervision, clothing, nutrition, housing, physical, emotional, social, education and safety. While child neglect is an extremely broad topic, for the purpose of this research, not every type of neglect …show more content…
Attributes of physical abuse range from shaking to beating a child. Despite whether a child is injured or even worse killed, any physical risk of harm is child abuse. There are “more than 3 million reports of child abuse” (ChildHelp, p. 1) every year in the U.S. alone. Educational awareness to the signs of child abuse greatly helps prevent future abuse. A few signs the observer can look for are unexplained injuries, multiple injuries healing at different times, infants that are not trying to crawl and the bruising shape of the injury. In the event that a child expresses fear of people, unusual aggressiveness, wearing warm clothes in summer weather, acting out and extreme emotional behavior these could be warning signs that physical abuse is …show more content…
Attributes of psychological abuse are when a child is verbally humiliated or intimidated. Typically, runaway victims of emotional abuse are abused by someone in the home for from someone in school. Verbal abuse in the home is drastically rising in the Western society. Some of the physical signs of emotional neglect are slower development, wetting pants and obesity. There are also some behavioral things to look for like biting, defensive, extreme emotions, anxieties and suicidal thoughts. This probably seems like one of the less serious types of neglect compared to the others, but it is equally

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