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Informative Child Abuse Essays

Child Abuse


Abuse in any form is absolutely not desirable for any one and in any form. Child abuse is considered as one of the most heinous form of abuse. Any type of in appropriate behavior and harassment may be emotional, sexual or physical that may cause mental and physical distress, harm and disturbance to children is usually termed as child abuse and in United States, it is considered a very serious criminal offence. Most of the western countries have strict guidelines and laws to prevent child abuse and all the European and American countries have pledged and vowed to work jointly against the prevention and fighting child abuse. The scene is more critical for child abuse in the underdeveloped and in some developing countries. There are various mode facilitating child abuse and among them child trafficking, child marriage, any type of violent activities. Of all these modes, child trafficking is the most common, ill and bad practice through which children are sold and they are abused and utilized for many illegal activities.

Child abuse can be categorized into various categories. These categories are-a. Physical abuse- Physical abuse is characterized by anger, aggression , physical injuries caused to a child by an adult that results in physical injuries like multiple fractures, burn , scratches, etc. and other type of abuses. Physical abuse often leaves a child with many physical and psychological effects that many times proves to be detrimental for a child’s mental, emotional and physical health. B. Sexual abuse- This type of abuse is characterized by inappropriate sexual behavior by an adult towards a child and it and the survivor victims of child sexual abuse often grows up as mentally and emotionally, physically misbalanced persons. C. Negligence and psychological or emotional abuse constitutes the last variety in the category of child abuses. These type of abuses occur to children who usually comes from a very poor family or where the parents itself are very unstable and abusive and are unable to provide their children with the adequate financial and emotional support and these type of abuses is the commonest ones in the western and other developed countries. The victims of psychological and emotional child abuse often are left with various psychological disorders which often get very difficult to treat and those persons themselves grow up to be very abusive persons themselves.

In order to make the world around us peaceful and a safe place to be lived and to be proud of we must take care of our children with best of our ability and with utmost efficiency and strongly oppose, protest and fight against child abuse and also the abusers.

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cial welfare, and criminal violence. Although no specific theory about the causes of child abuse and neglect has been substantially replicated across studies, significant progress has been gained in the past few decades in identifying the dimensions of complex phenomena that contribute to the origins of child maltreatment.

Efforts to improve the quality of research on any group of children are dependent on the value that society assigns to the potential inherent in young lives. Although more adults are available in American society today as service providers to care for children than was the case in 1960, a disturbing number of recent reports have concluded that American children are in trouble (Fuchs and Reklis, 1992; National Commission on Children, 1991; Children's Defense Fund, 1991).

Efforts to encourage greater investments in research on children will be futile unless broader structural and social issues can be addressed within our society. Research on general problems of violence, substance addiction, social inequality, unemployment, poor education, and the treatment of children in the social services system is incomplete without attention to child maltreatment issues. Research on child maltreatment can play a key role in informing major social policy decisions concerning the services that should be made available to children, especially children in families or neighborhoods that experience significant stress and violence.

As a nation, we already have developed laws and regulatory approaches to reduce and prevent childhood injuries and deaths through actions such as restricting hot water temperatures and requiring mandatory child restraints in automobiles. These important precedents suggest how research on risk factors can provide informed guidance for social efforts to protect all of America's children in both familial and other settings.

Not only has our society invested relatively little in research on children, but we also have invested even less in research on children whose families are characterized by multiple problems, such as poverty, substance abuse, violence, welfare dependency, and child maltreatment. In part, this slower development is influenced by the complexities of research on major social problems. But the state of research on this topic could be advanced more rapidly with increased investment of funds. In the competition for scarce research funds, the underinvestment in child maltreatment research needs to be understood in the context of bias, prejudice, and the lack of a clear political constituency for children in general and disadvantaged children in particular (Children's Defense Fund, 1991; National Commission on Children, 1991). Factors such as racism, ethnic discrimination, sexism, class bias, institutional and professional jealousies, and social inequities influence the development of our national research agenda (Bell, 1992, Huston, 1991).

The evolving research agenda has also struggled with limitations im-

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