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Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse

Nursing 32 – Pediatric Clinical

Instructor Gwen Green-Brown

Nursing Research Article

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Erika Villanueva
February 17, 2008
Nursing 32 – Pediatrics Clinical
Nursing Research Article
Gwen Green-Brown

Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse

Childhood abuse occurs nationwide among a variety of races and ethnicities. It affects several children emotionally, physically, psychologically, and sexually. According to the article How to Recognize and Respond to Child Abuse, “Anyone under age 18 who's been neglected or abused by a parent or someone responsible for his care is considered a victim of child abuse” (Mulryan, Cathers, Fagin). This article explains the different types of child abuse, the behaviors abused children exhibit, recognizing abused children, and reporting and preventing childhood abuse in families and communities.

The method this article used to explain childhood abuse was by defining the different types of abuse, the behaviors associated with each abuse, and ways to report the abuse and help the abused children. The result found in the article was the behaviors and characteristics abused children displayed when being seen by neighbors, those close to the abused or health care workers. The individuals found abusing children were typically parents or caregivers of the child.

Child abuse can be prevented in a variety of ways. Educating children, teenagers, and new parents about abuse can help prevent or stop child abuse. Offering physical, emotional, and psychological support to the affected children are other ways to help children recover from such a traumatic experience. The article has found a couple agencies in which child abuse can be further explained and how to report such cases. The

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article, also, points out common behaviors and characteristics to look out for when assessing or being around a child. Why did the author write this?
The authors’ objective was to provide information to health care individuals and certain individuals about what child abuse is, how it can be prevented, and what someone can do to help an abused child. They wrote this article to present information about child abuse in a way that it would be easy for people to understand and look out for. The authors, also, provided resources and references for readers to use if they needed or wanted more information regarding child abuse. Who did the author write this for?

The authors wrote this for health care providers and persons interested in learning about child abuse. This article may also target individuals concerned about child abuse happening to a loved one or a child they know. Parents of children may also use this article to learn about the variety of abuses happening in households nationwide. What was the authors’ purpose?

The authors’ purpose was to be able to educate people about child abuse and the short and long term effects it has on children. They also wanted people to learn about the ways in which they could help in preventing or stopping child abuse from happening. The authors also explained that abuse happens to several children and across the nation. It is not limited to a specific culture, economic class, or race. In explaining this, the authors provided a broad and general explanation of child abuse and the signs and symptoms children display if they are being abused. Villanueva 4

What questions was the author asking?
The questions the author was asking were how do you recognize child abuse? In what kinds of families does child abuse occur in? How does abuse affect children short and long term? How do you report a case of child abuse? How can you prevent childhood abuse? What are the cardinal signs of child abuse? Where else can you find information about child abuse? What answers did the author find?

The answers the authors found were...
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