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Child Abuse: Legal and Education/Training Issues - Part 1

Too often medical professionals and service agencies do not report child abuse and neglect to authorities for a multitude of reasons. The State of Oregon has been very progressive, though, in identifying areas of concern and steps that need to be taken to address this enormous problem.

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Dissociative Disorders - Part 9

Significant changes began in the early 1900s in terms of medicine and psychiatry. Laboratory science allowed scientists to explore the brain for causes of mental illness. Neurologists and microbiologists concluded that mental illness was a disorder of the nervous system. With this information, psychiatric illnesses were now viewed as medical problems. Psychoanalysis, developed by Sigmund Freud as a method of analyzing people’s lives, was used as an effective way to determine how stresses stemmed from negative influences of childhood events.

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Consequences of Child Neglect

By failing to have a consistent and adequate caretaker, an infant or young child will be unsuccessful in achieving the goal of establishing and maintaining an ongoing relationship with their adult caretaker. The consequences of such a failure can be profound. Through these repeated, neglectful experiences with a caretaker, an infant or child develops an expectation of being neglected by others in the future. Therefore, the child’s sense of self is adversely affected.

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Child Abuse and Youth Violence

If you want to understand the underlying causes of youth violence, look at how many of America’s young children are treated at home. Child abuse increases the chances a child will become violent because it interrupts their normal emotional, social, and intellectual development. Listed below are ways in which child abuse can shape aggressive behavior.1