The Negative Effects Of Physical Abuse On Children

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When we think of a child, we tend to think of a innocent child smiling, and having fun. We don’t imagine a child going through any type of abuse. Reality is, many children do. Those events affect a child tremendously into their adulthood. Physical abuse has a negative effect on a child and their overall development. It affects a child, in a way they think, and behaviour. Children tend to see that physical abuse, either upon them or to someone else and react it on someone else, thinking it 's “okay”. “If that adult does it, its okay if I do it”. Also, when a child is upset or mad, instead of talking it out, the child might go straight to hitting and physically harming another child. Physical abuse is, when a physical harm is done to another…show more content…
It is most prevalent in families living in stressful environments ( Feldman, and Landry, 2015 p176). Children don’t wake up one day thinking “Today I’ll hit Tommy”. Instead, those actions children learn from another person. Such as, a caregiver. A child always reacts when he/she has seen something. According to Dr Abdulaziz Al Odhayani, Lindsay Watson and William J. Watson, from St Michael’s Hospital, wrote an article “Behavioural Consequences of Child Abuse”.On page 83, In there they explained by Toddler age; a child will usually react to stress with a display of anger and emotional expression. Stress accompanying any kind of abuse causes children to feel distress and frustration. The excessive anger is displayed in the form of aggressive behaviour and fighting with caregivers or peers. This form of response is intense added more with physical abuse. At Preschool age; children have similar reactions to the different types of abuse as younger children do. However, by ages 4 and 5, children might express their reaction to abuse through different behaviour. Boys tend to externalize their emotion through expression of anger, aggression, and verbal bullying. Girls are more likely to…show more content…
Physical abuse effects their 5 domains. It effects their social, emotional, cognitive, physical and communication, language, and literacy. According to Andrew P. Sirotnak, Tamara Grigsby and Richard D. Krugman, in the article “Physical Abuse in Children”, The long-term effects of chronic exposure to physical violence and child abuse may affect a child’s overall development. Social, cognitive, and emotional development may be adversely affected. Child victims function overall at levels below their peers, are more likely to experience mental illness (depression, suicide, somatic disorders, eating disorders, poor peer relations, learned aggression, posttraumatic stress disorder), and may suffer repeated victimization. Children who were physically or any type of abuse ten to do poorly in school. They development poorly than children their own
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