Outline title: Abused Children
- Introduction: (Thesis Statement)
Child maltreatment adversely affects a child’s future
- Problems of Child Abuse
- Maladaptive development complication
- Reduced playfulness
- Hindered play skills
- Emotional turmoil among the affected
- Spreads to adolescence and adulthood
- Disrupted play growth
- Behavior disturbance
- Early pregnancy
- Abuse of drugs
- School evasion
- Workers need to protect themselves from the pain, shock, emotional turmoil and frustrations
- Therapists to come up with strategies for managing developmental and emotional prerequisites of children
- Improvement of knowledge on child abuse
- Develop strategies to curb the effects in children
Summary of the problems, effects and recommendations
Until the twentieth century, the society could not identify maltreated children, in as much as it was a common social challenge in America. This study highlights the problem of child abuse, its effects, and approaches to curb the problem. “Child neglect and abuse is mainly referred to as child maltreatment” (Trickett, Ji, Peckins & Negriff 1). Child maltreatment adversely affects a child’s future. The objective of the study is to describe child maltreatment, underline its effect on the child, workers caring for abused children, and the family of the child.
Child Abuse is a worldwide challenge affecting all lifestyles. Social workers have been affected psychologically and further influenced their workmates unconsciously. The feelings of abuse, directly pain these workers, who often times feel defenseless and have intruded personal spaces. Childhood maltreatment habitually spread to adolescence, resulting in mental problems such as maladaptive development challenges. From the perspective of West (292), there is need for the workers and professionals dealing with abused children protect themselves against pain, emotional turmoil, and shock. According to Cooper (260), “an abused child has disrupted play development”. According to therapists, play is a therapy on its own to a child. Therefore, whenever a child has experienced abuse in form of emotional, physical, or sexual, the play development of this child is delayed. The child may besides experience behavioral disturbance, reduced playfulness and hindered play skills. There is need therefore for the therapists to come up with strategies of managing developmental and emotional requirements of such children. Occupational therapists are further called to improve their knowledge on child abuse and create strategies to curb effects of the abuse in children. From Leite et al perspective (75), “children from developing nations who suffer in silence face diverse negative impacts.” Among the effects, include early pregnancy, abuse of drugs, and evasion of school. Child abuses in various forms are interlinked and thus difficult to manage.
Child abuse is extremely detrimental. Abused children therefore have to undergo critical pain and challenges after such experiences. The effects workers managing such children have, have proved this to endure after they have has some sessions with the children. Occupational therapists likewise affirm that there is need for strategies to be developed to assist children who have been abused. From the study by Cooper, play is highly significant to a child for language development, creativity, and for socialization. Occupational therapists have to show more knowledge on abused children and the effects they experience in relation to play.
Often, workers caring for abused children emotionally shoulder the pain these children endure. Cultural expectation on children attributes this behavior. They are meant for nurturing and protection. Their personal spaces are mostly unconsciously intruded and they are left with no other option than to psychologically go through the pain. According to Couper (4), these workers need an emotional bunker where they can deflect and project unmanageable emotions. In finding out how the child’s pain was affecting the worker and their response, the researcher realized that the workers either by asking pushy questions or betraying the trust of the child. In overcoming these emotions, these workers at times record the daily activities; psychologically switch off from the work after the day’s activities while others prefer to share it out. Some workers are yet to realize the right strategy of unwinding the experiences and end up rolling to the group. There is therefore need for the perfect strategy to assist the workers and their workmates overcome the emotional turmoil they endure by sharing the experiences of these children. The effects on workers largely reflect the great impact sexual abuse has on children. West highlights these sentiments. It is intricate for workers to come to terms with the abuses. There is need for these workers to have their own therapists to transfer these issues from the unconscious to the conscious for minimal cataleptic effects. The workers may be totally cut off from their families or from social events due to the emotional pain, they carry from their profession.
Child abuse is leads to adolescent abuse as well as emotional interference. This is because these forms of abuse are interlinked thus making the child or the teenager difficult to manage. From the accounts of Leite, it is clear that the life of an abused child is likely to be ruined completely if no consistent assistance comes. The child looses hope in life. This is especially happening to children suffering in silence. The community ought to realize the challenges and the signs of abuse in children and in teenagers to help them and reduce crime rate and economical instability.
Presently, the world needs to come to the knowledge of child abuse and approaches in overcoming this social challenge. More knowledge needs to be acquired by the occupational therapists. The society needs to reduce the rate of child abuse for reduced effects experienced in people related to abused children.
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