Everyone is aware of child abuse; however, not everyone has a full understanding of the child abuse laws. In today’s society parents take a less active role in child rearing, be it due to overwork, stress, or simply the fact they just don’t care or have given up. The children today have a sever lack of respect for adults, and this is largely due to the lack of parental guidance, or lack of understanding the child abuse laws. THESIS STATEMENT
The lack of fully understanding the Child abuse laws is causing a role reversal, in that; the child is becoming the abuser and the parent the abused. DISCUSSION
Child abuse and spousal abuse are common knowledge in today’s society; however, there is another form of abuse known as Parent abuse. This form of abuse is not widely known simply because parents do not acknowledge that their child is abusive due to shame and embarrassment on the Parent’s part. (National, 2006) The definition of Parent abuse is, “any act of a child that is intended to cause physical, psychological or financial damage to gain power and control over a parent” (National, 2006, Cottrell, 2001) Parent abuse has received a little or no attention from the medical health profession when compared to child abuse and spousal abuse. As with Child or Spousal abuse, Parent abuse includes physical, verbal, and psychological. Physical abuse of a Parent holds the highest percentage at 57%, followed by verbal abuse at 22%. Abuse with a weapon is at 17% while throwing things is lowest at 5%. Mothers are more likely to be abused that Fathers with an 82% to 18% ratio. Parent abuse is more likely to occur in single parent families with the Mother being the main provider. (Paul, 2004) In 1982 Cornell and Gilles did a study on families with at least one child between the ages of 10-17 years. The results concluded that sons are more likely than daughter to abuse...