What Makes People Harm and Neglect Children

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What Makes People Harm and Neglect Children

It is impossible to imagine anyone intentionally inflicting harm on a child. Often, physical violence is a result of inappropriate and excessive discipline or physical punishment. Parents may be totally unaware of the magnitude of force they use while striking a child.

Most parents have good intentions, but sometimes lose control and can't cope. Contributing factors of child abuse include a parent's immaturity, the parent was abused as a child and is continuing the cycle, lack of parenting skills, unrealistic expectations about children's behavior and capabilities, frequent family crises, drug or alcohol problems, and social isolation.

Victims of Child Violence Are More Likely to Engage in Criminality Later in Life

According to a 1992 study sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, child abuse and neglect increases the likelihood of arrest as a juvenile by 53 percent, as an adult by 38 percent, and for a violent crime by 38 percent. Being abused or neglected in childhood increases the likelihood of arrest for females by 77 percent. A related 1995 National Institute of Justice report indicated that children who were sexually abused, were 28 times more likely than a control group of non-abused children to be arrested for prostitution as an adult.

The Evidence of Alcohol and Other Drug Use is Linked to Violence and Neglect Against Children

A 1999 study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that children of parents who use substances, were almost three times likelier to be abused. More than four times were likelier to be neglected, than children of parents who are not substance abusers. Other studies showed that an estimated 50 to 80 percent of all child abuse cases that were substantiated by Children's Protective Services involve some degree of substance abuse by the child's parents.

Facts You Should Know About Violence Against Children

Forms of Violence and Neglect Against Children

Signs of Violence Against Children

What Makes People Harm and Neglect Children

What You Can Do To Help

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