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Is being "emo" a sign of child abuse?

Is being "emo" a sign of child abuse?

Not necessarily: It is a bit of a "red flag" to have a child to adopts an odd posture like emo, or punk, or goth, or something counter culture. However there are always other things that can lead a child there. Some are just drawn there, others gain acceptance by friends. Some children are outcasts for personality or sexual reasons. Childhood traumas can lead to odd personality quirks, but other things do too. ...Read more

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Alcohol Abuse (Definition)

Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more


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What are the signs of past child abuse in adults?

What are the signs of past child abuse in adults?

Several: People who have been abused as children may have a range of problems including same, interest in unusual forms of sexuality, and post-traumatic states (hypervigilance, flashbacks, etc.) having these symptoms does not necessarily mean the person was sexually abused, however. ...Read more

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I was wondering how i could heal from child abuse?

Childhood abuse: Many individuals who experienced abuse as a child, carry the emotional effects of the abuse throughout adulthood. You should consider joining a survivors group, consulting a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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Is constantly swearing at a child considered a form of child abuse?

Is constantly swearing at a child considered a form of child abuse?

Yes: Verbal abuse is more common and more damaging in many ways than physical abuse, please report it to your local child abuse hotline. ...Read more

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Am i being neglected and/or abused? What are the signs of child abuse?

Am i being neglected and/or abused? What are the signs of child abuse?

You?: Are you a child asking this question? Are you asking if you are being abused, or if your child is being abused? Your info says that you are 42 years old. I am confused. ...Read more

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What are the common links and differences of the 5 theoretical models of child abuse?

Child abuse models: It sounds like you're writing an extensive paper on this subject, and need to research the medical model, sociological model, psychological model, feminist model, and the contextual model of understanding child abuse. I'm sure your paper allows you much more than the 400 characters I have here in which to respond. Enjoy your studies and your writing. ...Read more

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Is bulimia associated with prior child abuse?

Is bulimia associated with prior child abuse?

Good question: Child abuse in many settings can lead to poor self esteem, self deprecation, diminished self worth, or post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders. All of these could manifest later in bulimia, among many other problems. ...Read more

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How to cope as an adult survivor of child abuse?

How to cope as an adult survivor of child abuse?

Thanks for asking: It must be very hard to reach out after suffering for many years. I have (and am) in your shoes. That trauma is never forgotten, but you can learn to go on despite and in spite of what you lived through - I have that personal experience. It takes therapy, though, to have someone skilled in abuse counseling to help you put it in your rearview mirror, instead of staring at you head on. Seek a pro! ...Read more

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How do I get over being traumatized from past child abuse?

How do I get over being traumatized from past child abuse?

Psychotherapy: You should seek out the help of a therapist to help with the past injuries. ...Read more

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How do you define child abuse of young athletes by coaches?

How do you define child abuse of young athletes by coaches?

Mostly verbal: Sports hazing will get a coach fired, but verbal abuse to motivate a player (who may be there only on pressure from parents) is both harmful and ineffective. A smart coach teachers rather than criticizes, and ridicule is counterproductive but happens. Even my own sports hero, joe montana, is on record that competitive athletics should only be for the youngster who wants to participate. ...Read more

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What are the long-term psychological effects of child abuse?

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What are the long-term psychological effects of child abuse?

Child abuse: High risk behaviors, Depression, Anxiety, Substance abuse, Eating disorders, etc. These vary based on age when abuse occurred, type of abuse, frequency & duration & relationship between abused & abuser. ...Read more

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Does child abuse lead to emotional attachment problems in kids?

Does child abuse lead to emotional attachment problems in kids?

It often does: Child abuse in implys that the people trusted to care for a child also inflict physical, emotional or sexual abuse.The fact that these perpetrators are supposed to create the strongest bonds of trust with the victim, often makes the victum leary of any close relationship. When their bonded abuser can be both loving & supportive & cruel & hateful, kids may distrust everyone.Therapy can help in time. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what to do in the case of emotional child abuse?

Could you tell me what to do in the case of emotional child abuse?

Its the law: If you suspect a child has been abused, get help immediately use your pediatrician or a local child protective agency. Physicians are legally obligated to report all suspected cases of abuse/neglect to state authorities. Report emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Doctors will detect/ treat any medical injuries or ailments, recommend a therapist, & provide needed information to investigators. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as having emotional growth stunted due to child abuse?

Is there such thing as having emotional growth stunted due to child abuse?

Absolutely!: There is no doubt about it. Child abuse can cause serious problems with normal emotional growth. Child abuse is illegal in all 50 states and many states require adults to report suspected child abuse. Child abuse has very serious, bad, long-term effects and can even lead to death. Let's all pull together to help protect children from abuse! ...Read more

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Do doctors have to report child abuse? What do they consider to be signs of abuse?

Do doctors have to report child abuse? What do they consider to be signs of abuse?

Yes: Yes. Doctors are required to report suspected child abuse. The rest of your question would require a lengthy answer that won't fit in the space limited here. If you are concerned about the possibility of a child being abused you can also report it anonymously. ...Read more

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Can you report child abuse if someone else is smoking around their young children?

Can you report child abuse if someone else is smoking around their young children?

Yes: You can report it, but the authorities may not take the report if the smoking person isn't responsible for the care of the child at the time. ...Read more

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How much of an impact does physical child abuse have on a male later on in his life?

How much of an impact does physical child abuse have on a male later on in his life?

It Varies: Child abuse definitely puts a person at risk for emtional difficulties in adult life. There is also an increased risk of problems in relationships, drug and alcohol problems, and the possibility of engaging in abusive behavior as an adult. However, there are no guarantees. Some children face significant abuse but do well as adults. Some of this can be affected by proper treatment. ...Read more

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If an older sibling routinely beats up a younger sibling then is it called child abuse?

If an older sibling routinely beats up a younger sibling then is it called child abuse?

It can be: More frequently, there may be a concern that the parents are not adequately supervising the children and may be charged with neglect. It is the parent's responsibility to make sure that the children are in a safe environment. The older child may need some behavior therapy to change his behavior, but the parents bear the responsibility. ...Read more

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Where do researchers get subjects for child abuse research? Who consents? What child agrees to be abused while research is conducted?

Where do researchers get subjects for child abuse research? Who consents? What child agrees to be abused while research is conducted?

Misconceptions: Research often falls into 2 separate types.In forward looking studies, you study a control group and one under the study conditions. In rear looking research, you compare a control group to those who underwent the conditions in the past. Most child abuse research is done as rear looking (retrospective) studies. Your confusion is valid, no review board would allow a kid to be put in such conditions. ...Read more

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What can be done for child abuse?

Report it: If it happened once it will probably happen again report it! ...Read more

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Child Psychiatry (Definition)

Child and adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who goes through another two year training after getting trained in general psychiatry. They treat children and adolescents with emotional/psychiatric/behavioral and developmental problems such as adhd, depression, anxiety, oppositional and defiance, autism etc. After initial diagnostic evaluation they may provide ...Read more


Cocaine Abuse (Definition)

A maladaptive pattern of Cocaine use, in a individual who is not considered to be dependent on cocaine, leading to one or more difficulties including failure to fulfill major obligations, use in situations which place one at physical risk, recurrent cocaine-related legal problems, persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems due to the ...Read more