Children who are physically or psychologically abused, will act more
violently than those who are not abused. It does not matter, what kind of abuse
they are subjected to, it will still have an effect on the child. They will think that
what they saw or heard is normal because they were not taught anything else.
The research I have done, supports my topic on all kinds of levels.
George, T. I. (1999). Children’s Health Vol. 1, New Hampshire Salem Press Inc.
In this book, the author researched that the children who are raised in
abusive homes, tend to have more criminal delinquency, risky, and violent
behavior, and suicide attempts, than other children. This right here backs up the
thesis statement that children who are abused as a child, will end up having a
violent behavior. The author also states that abuse has different effect on boys
and girls. Boys become violent and angry that they were abused, and tend to act
out more. Girls on the other hand, tend to keep t themselves, and withdraw
themselves from friends and family around them. Both boys and girls have these
sort of reactions because they are hurt and embarrassed. Boys are the ones that
usually have a high risk of abusing their children, because they are violent and
let their anger out easily. They have a hard time of controlling their anger at
times. She also says that children who are abused at a young age, are more
aggressive when playing games with their peers. Some as early as two years
old. Children who are abused, form friendships with others who have been
abused. This is not healthy for the child, because hanging out with these friends
encourage more risky or violent behavior. It will give a child problems with
making friends later in life. A lot of children will not like their behavior and not
want to be friends with them, and then the child’s self-esteem will go down and
eventually they will become depressed.
Giant, C. L. Experiences with parental aggression during childhood and self-
concept in adulthood: The importance of subjective perceptions. Journal
of Family Violence, Vol. 18(6), 7, Dec. 2003.
In research of child maltreatment, in relation to psychological functioning,
it has shown that adults whose parents were abusive to them, turn out to be
abusive also. Parent aggression towards a child leaves most children with a
psychological disorder. As they grow older, they tend to be pushy, or have a very
short temper with people. They get in physical fights with peers, or siblings more
often than other children would. When they are older, they let their anger out on
their children. In this journal entry, it too backs up the thesis statement that
children who are abused as a child, will turn out to have very violent behavior
and be abusive towards their offspring.
Gibb, B. E. Global reports of childhood maltreatment versus recall of specific
maltreatment experiences: Relationships with dysfunctional attitudes and
depressive symptoms. Cognition & Emotional, Vol. 17(6), 13, November,
This article says, that studies have shown that reports of maltreated
children, are related to depression symptom levels in adults. The result of the
depressed adult is mostly due their childhood experiences. If they were abused
or thought they were abused, then they will abuse their own. One point that this
article makes, is that the parents want someone to feel the pain and hurt that
they went through and to most it seems like the natural thing to give it to their
children. Research also shows that sexually abused children grow up and just
sexually abuse their children because of their experience.
Emotional & mental health (1999) Vol. 5, Macmillan Health Encyclopedia.
Macmillan Reference USA.
Many studies have shown that aggressive behavior is learned. Sometimes
it is learned...
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