There have been many cases of child maltreatment or child neglect all over the world and it is very terrifying to know how come some parents can do that to their own children.
There has been studies that show that parents who often does such things have problems of their own which in turn blames it on their children. Some experience depression due to traumatic stress or experiences, such as Korean comfort women or women who has experienced sexual abuse, and even those who have experienced the same in their past childhood.
Child maltreatment affects children’s health now and later, and costs our country as much as other high public health problems. Neglect, physical abuse, custodial interference and sexual abuse are types of child maltreatment that can lead to poor physical and mental health well into adulthood. The physical, psychological, behavioral and economic consequences of child maltreatment can be explained with these facts:
- As of the year 2011, an estimated 681,000 children were confirmed by Child Protective Services as being victims of maltreatment.
- A cross-sectional, US national telephone survey of the child maltreatment experiences 4.503 children and youth aged 1 month to 17 years in 2011 found that 13.8% experienced child maltreatment in the last year
- The United States is spending approximately $125 Billion due to child abuse
- Common effects of childhood maltreatment are:
- Improper brain development
- Impaired cognitive (learning ability) and socio-emotional (social and emotional skills)
- Lower language development
- Blindness, cerebral palsy from head trauma
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