Child of Rage

Topics: Child abuse, Attachment theory, John Bowlby Pages: 3 (1083 words) Published: April 25, 2012
Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime
-Herbert Ward

The documentary “A Child in Rage” gave me an indescribable feeling. The hardships and pain that this little girl had to go through was completely disgusting. Because of her father’s neglect, they made this little girls life a living hell.

Attachment disorder is the result of a bonding process that occurs between a child and caregiver during the first couple years of the child’s life. From the view of Mary Ainsworth, Harry Harlow, John Bowlby and Rene Spitz attachment disorder does severe damage depending on the child and the abuse level. This attachment break severely damages the heart and mind. It stops the child’s ability to care, love or trust. When a child is deprived of these characteristics, they are capable of anything; even cold blooded murder all because of what a person or people did to them as young children. Unattached children don’t trust, and that is a characteristic that sticks with mostly all unattached children. As seen in Beth's case, she trusted no one, she didn’t care who she hurt. They also say that these children didn’t want anyone to be the “boss” of them but I didn’t see this in Beth’s case. She listened to her adoptive mother when she was told to go to her room. Children with attachment disorder feel like they are the devil or even a horrible person. As the parent or guardian that is trying to rehabilitate the child is to help them change the way the child feels about themselves. Make the child feel loved and valued.

Beth seems to have no conscience when she was speaking to the psychiatrist about the things she did to her parents, her brother and the animals. At night Beth would sneak out of her room, go into her parents’ room and stab them with knives. And when she was asked why she did it, with a straight face she said because she wanted to kill them. Beth would try to kill her pets by sticking them multiple times with pins. Whether the animals...
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