Child Abuse, A Child’s Limitation Beyond Words

Child abuse occurs in a range of situations, for a range of reasons. Children are rarely subject to one form of abuse at a time. When they become adults, they can experience a range of psychological, emotional and social problems related to childhood abuse.

Emotional abuse is the most common form of child abuse. Many parents are emotionally abusive. Emotional abuse invariably accompanies physical and sexual abuse. Some parents abuse their children emotionally by practicing forms of child rearing acts that are oriented towards fulfilling their own needs and goals, rather than those of their children.

They may be aggressive towards their children by shouting and intimidating. From infancy to adulthood, emotionally abused people are often more withdrawn and emotionally disengaged than their peers. They often feel unhappy, frightened and distressed, and they may act too mature than their age. Abused individuals often show signs of physical neglect and undernourishment.

Physically abused children find it difficult relating to their peers and adults around them. They usually feel depressed and are usually aggressive. Child abuse survivors later in life suffer the problem of low self esteem due to the experience they have had and the effects of child abuse. Child abuse survivors are most likely to develop a more mental health later in life.

Unhappiness is the most common effect of child abuse, it has a bad effect on the abused self esteem. Child abuse increases the risk of poor physical health and medical diseases. It increases the risk of having three or more medical diseases including cardiovascular events in women. Sexual and physical abuse causes a higher prevalence of broken relationship and marriages.

Child abuse could lead to depression aggressive behavior, suicide attempts, use of illicit drugs, sexual difficulties, alcohol abuse. All these effects of child abuse cause low self esteem. The impact of child abuse does not end when it stops and the long-term effects can interfere with day-to-day functioning.