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Child Abuse and Neglect: Impact on Teens

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Discuss the types of abuse and neglect that could be present in the life of a child or adolescent and that may impact their ability to function in their daily roles. What are some indicators that these issues may be present? List long-term effects for each type of abuse. Who are the different types of individuals that might spot signs and symptoms that some type of abuse or neglect is present? What would their roles be in reporting this abuse?

Often, the victim will have a tendency to protect the abuser or be afraid of what might happen if the abuse is reported — for example, removal from the home. How would you recommend assisting the youth in stopping this abuse and moving past the fear that may be present?

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Hi and thank you for using BrainMass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for help in putting together a short discussion on the impact of child abuse and neglect. I suggest using this simple outline for your discussion:

1. On child abuse and neglect - 100 words
2. Symptoms & indicators, people who can spot - 100 words
3. Long term impact, especially on teens - 100 words
4. Protecting Abuser, assisting the abused - 200 words

This outline should yield 500 words which should cover what you need. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification.

On Child Abuse and Neglect

Child abuse and neglect according to AIFS (2014)," refers to any behaviour by parents, caregivers, other adults or older adolescents that is outside the norms of conduct and entails a substantial risk of causing physical or emotional harm to a child or young person. Such behaviours may be intentional or unintentional and can include acts of omission." AIFS (2015) lists these 5 types as the most observed iterations - "physical abuse, emotional maltreatment, neglect, sexual abuse, and witnessing family violence." According to the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information/NAIC (2005), as many as a million children are reported (excludes unreported, unobserved cases) abused and neglected every year in the US.

Spotting Abuse

How can abuse be spotted? Children cling to their caregivers without question; trust them implicitly being their providers, models and source of both ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of child abuse and neglect as it relates to long-term impact, especially among teens. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A paper outline is suggested.