Evidence of Child Abuse Essay

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Checkpoint: Evidence of child abuse Drug addiction and suicidal inclinations in School Age Children Lori Hardin Evidence of child abuse: The Child: ("Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms") Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance Contusions, scrapes, broken bones Learning Problems Lacks adult supervision Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents' attention Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home The Parent: ("Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms") Shows little concern for the child Denies the existence of the child's problems in school or at home Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome Demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve Looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs The Parent and Child:("Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms") Rarely touch or look at each other Consider their relationship entirely negative State that they do not like each other Evidence of drug abuse: (D.A.R.E. America) Have constant red eyes for no reason Their talk is mumbled Dramatic change in a person’s weight Contusions or needle marks Unkempt and messy Unable to handle ones emotions, sad and uninterested Truancy, overactive Inclinations toward suicide ("Suicidal inclination") Very self-destructive talk Obsession with death and dying Very sad Their activity changes No interest in personal objects No
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