April is Child Abuse Prevention Month-Part Three


Child Abuse Prevention Month #3


Causes of Child Abuse


By Terry Bailey



One of the critical factors relating to child abuse is the human brain’s ability to not function correctly once the “tip over” point has been reached. Most folks can deal with stressors in their lives when they are within their ability to cope. However, once the circumstances of their environment exceed their ability to cope, their behavior becomes erratic. It is a certain fact of life that some parents tend to cope with a great number of stressors with seemingly a calm demeanor while others reach the tip over point much earlier.


Factors that may increase a person's risk of becoming abusive include:





Symptoms of Abuse


A child who's being abused may feel guilty, ashamed or confused. He or she may be afraid to tell anyone about the abuse, especially if the abuser is a parent, other relative or family friend. In fact, the child may have an apparent fear of parents, adult caregivers or family friends. That's why it's vital to watch for red flags, such as:



Specific signs and symptoms depend on the type of abuse and can vary. Keep in mind that warning signs are just that — warning signs. The presence of warning signs doesn't necessarily mean that a child is being abused.




Physical abuse signs and symptoms





Sexual abuse signs and symptoms





Emotional abuse signs and symptoms





Neglect signs and symptoms