Causes Of Child Abuse And Neglect
Drawing on the work of leading scholars, this chapter discusses the causes of abuse and neglect. It asks, “Is child abuse in our genes? Is maltreatment an immutable part of human nature?” The chapter discusses intergenerational transmission of maltreatment and asks how to break the cycle. Poverty and substance abuse are major contributors to neglect and abuse, and the chapter grapples with this unpleasant reality. The role of the following issues in abuse and neglect are addressed: corporal punishment and its relationship to child abuse, sexual deviance, domestic violence, mental illness, and deliberate, that is, intentional abuse of children. The chapter ends with analysis of major roadblocks to reducing child abuse and neglect.
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