Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional mistreatment or neglect of a child. Child abuse can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. There are four major categories of child abuse: neglect, physical abuse, psychological/emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse. Neglect is a passive form of abuse; may include the failure to provide sufficient supervision, nourishment, or medical care.
Children experiencing neglect may have difficulty in understanding directions, poor understanding of social relationships, or the inability to complete academic tasks without assistance. Neglected children or adults can have physical injuries like fractures or severe burns that go untreated or infections of lice.
Neglect has an effect on a person mentality, ranging from poor peer relationships to violent behavior. Parental detachment can harm the child's development of bonding. Studies of neglected children show heighten levels of depression and higher incidents of suicide attempts.
Psychological abuse refer is characterized by a person subjecting another to behavior that may causes anxiety and chronic depression. Emotional abuse is characterized by a climate or pattern of behavior(s) occurring over time including: insults, putdowns, arbitrary and unpredictable behaviors causing fear by intimidation, threatening physical harm. See this video as an example of child abuse.
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