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Children who are physically or psychologically abused, will act more

violently than those who are not abused. It does not matter, what kind of abuse

they are subjected to, it will still have an effect on the child. They will think that

what they saw or heard is normal because they were not taught anything else.

The research I have done, supports my topic on all kinds of levels.



George, T. I. (1999). Children’s Health Vol. 1, New Hampshire Salem Press Inc.


In this book, the author researched that the children who are raised in

abusive homes, tend to have more criminal delinquency, risky, and violent

behavior, and suicide attempts, than other children. This right here backs up the

thesis statement that children who are abused as a child, will end up having a

violent behavior. The author also states that abuse has different effect on boys

and girls. Boys become violent and angry that they were abused, and tend to act

out more. Girls on the other hand, tend to keep t themselves, and withdraw

themselves from friends and family around them. Both boys and girls have these

sort of reactions because they are hurt and embarrassed. Boys are the ones that

usually have a high risk of abusing their children, because they are violent and

let their anger out easily. They have a hard time of controlling their anger at

times. She also says that children who are abused at a young age, are more

aggressive when playing games with their peers. Some as early as two years

old. Children who are abused, form friendships with others who have been

abused. This is not healthy for the child, because hanging out with these friends

encourage more risky or violent behavior. It will give a child problems with

making friends later in life. A lot of children will not like their behavior and not

want to be friends with them, and then the child’s self-esteem will go down and

eventually they will become depressed.



Giant, C. L. Experiences with parental aggression during childhood and self- concept in adulthood: The importance of subjective perceptions. Journal of Family Violence, Vol. 18(6), 7, Dec. 2003.




In research of child maltreatment, in relation to psychological functioning,

it has shown that adults whose parents were abusive to them, turn out to be

abusive also. Parent aggression towards a child leaves most children with a

psychological disorder. As they grow older, they tend to be pushy, or have a very

short temper with people. They get in physical fights with peers, or siblings more

often than other children would. When they are older, they let their anger out on

their children. In this journal entry, it too backs up the thesis statement that

children who are abused as a child, will turn out to have very violent behavior

and be abusive towards their offspring.



Gibb, B. E. Global reports of childhood maltreatment versus recall of specific maltreatment experiences: Relationships with dysfunctional attitudes and depressive symptoms. Cognition & Emotional, Vol. 17(6), 13, November,
2003.



This article says, that studies have shown that reports of maltreated

children, are related to depression symptom levels in adults. The result of the

depressed adult is mostly due their childhood experiences. If they were abused

or thought they were abused, then they will abuse their own. One point that this

article makes, is that the parents want someone to feel the pain and hurt that

they went through and to most it seems like the natural thing to give it to their

children. Research also shows that sexually abused children grow up and just

sexually abuse their children because of their experience.



Emotional & mental health (1999) Vol. 5, Macmillan Health Encyclopedia. Macmillan Reference USA.



Many studies have shown that aggressive behavior is learned. Sometimes

it is learned through childhood. If a child is abused by the parent, then they have

learned the abusive behavior and try and act it out. If a child grows up in an

abusive home and that is all the child sees, then of course he is going to think

that it is ok, and normal to hit another person. Conduct disorders, can result in

this kind of upbringing. They are more common In males, than in females.

Sixteen percent of males and nine percent of females have conduct disorders.



Noshpitz, J. D., Handbook of child and adolescent psychiatry, Vol. 2. The grade school child: Development and syndromes., John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1997.


In this book, two psychologists observe children in a daycare center. They

saw that they children who got abused at home by a parent pr sibling, imitated

the abuse. Those children, physically assaulted their peers, twice as much as the

other children who are not abused at home. The children who were abused, also

tried to assault the daycare providers. The psychologists, then researched

adolescents who were abused as younger children. They found that those

adolescents who were abused, turned out to be delinquents or extremely violent.

When a child is abused, they think that it is the normal thing for the parents to do

when they get mad. They think this because most of the abused children have

never known anything else like love. When their victims grow to be older and

have children of their own, they are at high risk of abusing their children because

that is what they learned from their parents. For the most part, this book backs

up the thesis statement that, children who are abused are more likely to grow up

to have violent behaviors and most likely abuse their own.



After all of the research shown and done, they all pretty much back up the

thesis statement that children who are physically or psychologically abused, will

act more violent, than those who are not abused. I do believe that a child will

start to think that abuse is normal after a while, and they will try to imitate others.

Children are very vulnerable and they always try to be like their mother or father.

They should develop programs, to which abused children can go to, so that it

can teach them how wrong it is to abuse someone, so that they will not end up

like their parents, and what their parents were doing to them as a child.
George, T. I. (1999). Children’s Health Vol. 1, New Hampshire Salem Press Inc.



Giant, C. L. Experiences with parental aggression during childhood and self- concept in adulthood: The importance of subjective perceptions. Journal of Family Violence, Vol. 18(6), 7, Dec. 2003.



Gibb, B. E. Global reports of childhood maltreatment versus recall of specific maltreatment experiences: Relationships with dysfunctional attitudes and depressive symptoms. Cognition & Emotional, Vol. 17(6), 13, November,
2003.



Emotional & mental health (1999) Vol. 5, Macmillan Health Encyclopedia. Macmillan Reference USA.



Noshpitz, J. D., Handbook of child and adolescent psychiatry, Vol. 2. The grade school child: Development and syndromes., John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1997.

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