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Doctor insights on: Effects Of Physical Child Abuse On Social Development

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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

Dr. Eileen Difrancesco
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Social Development (Definition)

Social development is the part of a person's development that includes learning to smile, wave bye-bye, play with toys, interact with others, get dressed, use names for ...Read more


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If a child is injured and the physician is uncertain of whether the injury is physical child abuse, should social service be called?

If a child is injured and the physician is uncertain of whether the injury is physical child abuse, should social service be called?

Yes: The risk of missing a serious, potentially life threatening case of child abuse outweighs, in my opinion, the embarressment and aggravation of an innocent family being investigated. ...Read more

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Does child abuse ever cause the development of schizophrenia in a teenager?

No, but: There are no studies that associate the development of schizophrenia to early child abuse. While the causes of schizophrenia are unclear, some evidence supports a genetic link, a link to chronic and early marijuana use, and effects from a fetus being exposed to certain viruses. However, childhood abuse can lead to symptoms that may look like schizophrenia, including hallucinations. ...Read more

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If a child was kept immobile, as in some cases of child abuse, would they miss out on a vital stage in muscle development and have poor motor function/coordination?

If a child was kept immobile, as in some cases of child abuse, would they miss out on a vital stage in muscle development and have poor motor function/coordination?

Yes that can happen: Some of the issue would be mechanical, i.e. Muscle weakness and loss of flexibility/range of motion as the muscles were not used. This is seen in patients after surgeries, injuries, etc. When immobilized. For a child, there is also the issue of muscle and nervous system development and there would likely be some delay and decreased function. Thankfully, with therapy children usually can recover. ...Read more

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Can autism develop as a result of child abuse at a very early age?

Can autism develop as a result of child abuse at a very early age?

No: Autism is not caused by child abuse, whatever the age--although abuse can certainly lead to lots of other problems, including mental retardation if it includes head trauma. Some abused children do become socially withdrawn, but this is quite different from the social disconnection associated with autism. ...Read more

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

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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What are the effects of child abuse?

What are the effects of child abuse?

Serious and Numerous: This is a big topic. There can be both short term and long term effects from childhood abuse and neglect. The consequences of being abused as a child can be mild or severe with problems in the areas of depression, anxiety, suicidality, substance abuse and criminality-but those aren't all. Some great information is at the website for child welfare information gateway. http://www.childwelfare.gov/. ...Read more

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How child abuse and neglect effects adults behavior?

How child abuse and neglect effects adults behavior?

Variable effects: There are many possible outcomes from child abuse & neglect. The most tragic is when the same things are perpetrated upon children. It can cause severe anxiety, depression, flashbacks, dissociation, trouble with trust & boundaries, drug & alcohol abuse, & suicide attempts. It can also lead to perfectionism and high achievement. With treatment, the person can heal and enjoy a fulfilling life. ...Read more

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What should a guy do in his late twenties who has been sexually abused as a child to overcome the side effects of child abuse ?

What should a guy do in his late twenties who has been sexually abused        as a child to overcome the side effects of child abuse ?

Consider therapy: Child abuse has many effects on a person, depending on what/who was involved, and what supports there were for the child. A psychotherapist who knows emdr (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) could assist you in dealing with the aftermath -- and help you move forward. http://www.emdr.com/general-information/what-is-emdr.html good for you in exploring your options! recovery = possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Child Abuse (Definition)

Child abuse is the physical, sexual, emotional mistreatment, or neglect of children. It is a ...Read more