If you require assistance or would like to talk to a trained professional about the issues described in this paper, please call Kids Helpline on 55 or Lifeline on 13 11 Child abuse and neglect is a social and public health problem, as well as a children's rights issue in Australia. Abuse and neglect can lead to a wide range of adverse consequences for children and young people. This paper provides an overview of the possible effects of child abuse and neglect and explores whether different types of maltreatment are associated with specific adverse consequences in childhood and adolescence. Child abuse and neglect 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 i.
How Child Abuse Affects Teens
Effects of child abuse and neglect for children and adolescents | Child Family Community Australia
The bottom-line message that emerges from research on adolescent development and parenting is that teenagers are vulnerable. Their boldness and bravado mask an inexperience in solving problems and coping with stress that is often no match for the unsupervised, risk-laden environments in which they live. In the United States, teens have rates of abuse and neglect that are as high as or higher than those of young children—much of it at the hands of family members. Physical abuse of adolescents is linked to mental disorders, poor school performance, substance abuse, suicide, and aggression. Sexual abuse is linked to depression, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, and early pregnancy, as well as to increased risk of further sexual abuse and abduction into sex trafficking.
What Is the Impact of Child Abuse on Teenagers?
Amy's finger was so swollen that she couldn't get her ring off. She didn't think her finger was broken because she could still bend it. It had been a week since her dad shoved her into the wall, but her finger still hurt a lot. Amy hated the way her dad called her names and accused her of all sorts of things she didn't do, especially after he had been drinking.
As we know, teenagers experience multiple developmental changes. This is true because the brain lags behind the body in development, especially in the areas that allow teenagers to reason and think logically. Teens who have been abused, neglected, or traumatized may demonstrate more apparent impulsive behavior. An underdeveloped cortex can lead to increased impulsive behavior as well as difficulties with tasks that require higher-level thinking and feeling.