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physical Child Abuse

  1. 1. PhysicalChildAbuseIs on your hand to determine theirlife…… Please stop and help
  2. 2. Signs and Symptoms Bruises (see below for more  Damage to body organs detail)  Poisonings - repeated Fractures (prescribed drugs, alcohol) Swollen joints  Failure to thrive Burns and Scalds (see below  Coma/Unconsciousness for more detail)  Death Abrasions and Lacerations  There are many different Hemorrhages (retinal, forms of physical abuse but subdural) skin, mouth and bone injuries are the most common.
  3. 3. Warning Signs Frequent injuries or unexplained bruises, welts, or cuts. Is always watchful and “on alert,” as if waiting for something bad to happen. Injuries appear to have a pattern such as marks from a hand or belt. Shies away from touch, flinches at sudden movements, or seems afraid to go home. Wears inappropriate clothing to cover up injuries, such as long-sleeved shirts on hot days.
  4. 4. Behavioural Signs  Be aggressive, oppositional, or defiant  Cower or demonstrate fear of adults  Act out, displaying aggressive or disruptive behavior  Be destructive to self or others  Come to school too early or not want to leave school— indicating a possible fear of going home;  Show fearlessness or extreme risk taking  Be described as "accident prone”
  5. 5. Behavioural Signs (con’t) Cheat, steal, or lie (may be related to too high expectations at home) Be a low achiever (to learn, children must convert aggressive energy into learning; children in conflict may not be able to do so) Be unable to form good peer relationships Wear clothing that covers the body and that may be inappropriate in warmer months (be aware that this may be a cultural issue as well) Show regressive or less mature behavior Dislike or shrink from physical contact
  6. 6. Primary Effects of Child Physical Abuse The primary, or first, effects of child physical abuse occur during and immediately after the abuse. The child will suffer pain and medical problems from physical injury and, in severe cases, even death. The physical pain from cuts, bruises, burns, whipping, kicking, punching, strangling, binding, etc., will eventually pass, but the emotional pain will last long after the visible wounds have healed. (slide 6-8)
  7. 7. Emotional Effects of Child Physical Abuse  The emotional effects of child physical abuse continue well after any physical wounds have healed.  Some psychological and emotional effects of child physical abuse include:  Eating disorders  Inability to concentrate (including ADHD)  Excessive hostility towards others, even friends and family members  Depression  Apathy and lethargy  Sleep issues – insomnia, excessive sleepiness, sleep apnea
  8. 8. Social Effects of Child Physical Abuse  Many abused children find it difficult to form lasting and appropriate friendships. They lack the ability to trust others in the most basic of ways. Children who have suffered long-term abuse lack basic social skills and cannot communicate naturally as other children can.  These children may also exhibit a tendency to over- comply with authority figures and to use aggression for solving interpersonal issues. The social effects of child physical abuse continue to negatively influence the adult life of the abused child.  Adults, who were physically abused as children, suffer from physical, emotional and social effects of the abuse throughout their lives.
  10. 10. Lack of Support  Parents who are isolated, either socially or geographically, lack the social supports and resources to help them cope with the stress and frustration of parenting. Social supports provide emotional support or a respite from parenting. Hitting out of frustration can escalate to more violent abuse.
  11. 11. Lack of Parenting Skills  Some parents, whether because of their youth or poor examples, never learn good parenting skills. They might have unrealistic ideas of what parenting is like or what children require for proper care. They might become frustrated and angry at feeling like a failure at parenting or at the demands of their children.
  12. 12. History of Child Abuse  Parents who were abused as children can experience overwhelming emotions of sadness and anger once they begin parenting. They might fear loss of control or that their anger will lead to physical abuse of their child.
  13. 13. The Challenging Child  While physical child abuse is not caused by children, parents who are raising children with challenges sometimes experience anger, frustration and loneliness. The child might have behavioral or mental health problems, or he might have a physical disability. Some parents are ill-equipped to handle these types of problems.
  14. 14. Untreated Mental Illness  Untreated mental illness can lead to uncontrolled anger and flashes of rage. Parents who receive treatment are able to exercise more self-control and understand the impact of their behavior. Mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder or personality disorder can cause parents to lose control and physically abuse their children.
  15. 15. Domestic Violence Domestic violence involving adults often evolves to include abuse of children. In addition, children who witness physical abuse often abuse each other in the same ways. And an adult victim of abuse can take out her anger, fear and frustration on the children by physically abusing them.
  16. 16. Substance Abuse Parents who abuse alcohol or drugs can lose control of harmful impulses and are more likely to abuse children out of anger or frustration. Operating a methamphetamine lab is considered physical child abuse because the environment is toxic for children.