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Medical Model Child Abuse
Combination things: Likelihood of abuse with three elements:child with provocative behavior;parent with psychological predisposition;stressful event triggering violent reaction. Social&cultural, in addition to psychological and familial, factors have been described, dispelling the widely accepted myth that child abuse results solely from individual deviant behavior. Series of stresses that impinge on parents & children ...Read more
Combination things: Likelihood of abuse with three elements:child with provocative behavior;parent with psychological predisposition;stressful event triggering violent reaction. Social&cultural, in addition to psychological and familial, factors have been described, dispelling the widely accepted myth that child abuse results solely from individual deviant behavior. Series of stresses that impinge on parents & ...Read more
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
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
Mental Illness: Those who have suffered abuse as children are at higher risk for depression and anxiety later in life. They may develop other disorders as well including ptsd, dissociative identity disorder, or borderline personality disorder. If you know of anyone who has suffered child abuse, please help to find the right psychiatrist who can work with them. ...Read more
Often not: Although child abuse certainly can lead to attachment problems, most children with attachment issues were not abused. Most commonly, it results from a mismatch of child needs and parenting style. Other contributing factors can be adoption or parent illness or death when children are very young. ...Read more
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
Confusing question: You give no information but ask for an answer. No answer is possible in this situation. The questions on the site are not linked. If you start over and give enough data, a site physician may be able to respond. ...Read more
Profoundly: Child abuse can have a variety of effects on children. Once safety is re-established and physical harm treated, emotional harm can be assessed. The ability of children to trust others and changes in what to expect in relationships are often the most profound psychological injuries. Post traumatic stress disorder and depression are also extremely common. Therapy can help all of this. ...Read more
It appears so: Child abuse has been rising consistently in the last decades. There are several theories ranging from better reporting to actual increase due to various reasons like substance abuse in care givers, split homes/ disorganized families, living with single parents, living with step parent/ parent's friend etc. ...Read more
Probably but depends: For most of human history there were no beds as we know them and in some cultures a child not having a bed may not be abuse per se. On the other hand in california one would have to ask why a child is not having a bed. Parental neglect is considered child abuse, as it deprives a child of what is needed for his/her development. ...Read more
Depends: It should not have occurred in the first place and is, unfortunately likely to occur again. A single incident depends on the nature of the abuse and its severity. If it forms a "file" in the "hard drive" of the brain, it can be a recurrent source of behavioral problems for life. ...Read more
A LOT: Child abuse is an under-reported factor in many mental illnesses like depression, anxiety disorders, etc. It's also linked to chronic pain conditions like chronic pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, ibs, etc. It's not a direct "this causes that" phenomenon, but people are whole beings and respond to events on many levels at the same time. If your primary caretakers harm you, it does not inspire trust. ...Read more
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
No: Each state has its' own nuances. Ask your pediatrician or call your local health department for details specific to your locale. ...Read more
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
Not directly: The causes of asperger's disorder remain poorly understood, but it is not a result of abuse. On the other hand, individuals with asperger's disorder sometimes behave in ways that frustrate others, which may increase their risk of being abused. ...Read more
Child abuse report: Doctors, nurses, therapists and others are legally mandated reporters of suspicion for child abuse. It is then up to the state legal authority to determine if abuse is substantiated or unsubstantiated. Different states have various administrative and legal channels to handle the allegation. ...Read more
Varies: There are different levels of a report. In my state, if an injury may have been abuse based on exam and explanation, I am required to report it as a suspicion and it is investigated. If I offer a professional opinion that it is abuse, the kid is often admitted to the hospital for an evaluation and CPS petitions the presiding judge for custody. The outcome is based on the completed evaluation. ...Read more
Bipolar Disorder: Does not cause child abuse. But, when someone is severely depressed or manic they may neglect children's needs or lack impulse control or feel more aggressive. So it could be a contributing factor. ...Read more
Abuse increases risk: Not everyone who has a history of abuse will become addicted. However, a history of child abuse or childhood trauma can increase the risk of later alcoholism/addiction. The vast majority of patients in treatment for addiction have a history of past abuse or trauma. Childhood trauma apparently "primes the brain" to become addicted. ...Read more
A good history: Sometimes these cases are picked up by an astute doctor when a child is brought into a local ed/er for an evaluation; and child protective services is called in as abuse is suspected. If you know of a child that you suspect is being abused it is your moral duty to inform the appropriate authorities! That is how kids end up getting saved! Best of luck! ...Read more
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