HSM / 210
June 13, 2010
Terri L. Colbert
With my target group of children of child abuse, the primary level of prevention will be necessary. We need to work with the target population of the “at-risk” group and reach out to them with the proper resources to prevent future issues. Poverty, stress, job loss, family history, and mental retardation can all lead to causes of child abuse but no of these should be the excuses for such actions to happen. My suggested solution is to find these children at a young age and help them identify the problems. Training professional to identify signs of abuse which may be physical, emotional, sexual, and neglect, are crucial to early detection and changing the cycle. We have support groups for other target groups like alcoholics and over-weight groups, why not for the prevention/intervention of abuse. The long-lasting effects of such a program would be to stop the abuse today and break the cycle of violence. If we could stop a child today from repeating the cycle, this could lessen future cases of needed child protective services, Hands of Hope cases or court cases of violence against families. Very productive lives can be halted or ruined when cases of past abuse surface in later years which could have been dealt with many years prior. Some of the noticeable signs are:
* Physical abuse signs of abuse are unexplained bruises or cuts, marks from bites, anti-social behaviors, and difficulties in school. * Emotional abuse signs are apathy, depression, aggression towards others or stress, lacking concentration, and eating disorders. * Sexual abuse signs are inappropriate interest and the knowledge of sexual acts, wetting the bed, nightmares, appetite issues, being to compliant or too much aggression, and the over-excessive fear of a certain person and family member. * Signs of neglect are inappropriate clothing for the weather, dirty and un-bathed,...
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