Growing Awareness of the Impacts of Child Abuse

During the decades that the problem of child abuse has been acknowledged, there has been a growing and deepening recognition of its impact on the lives of children, on adults who were abused in childhood, on families, and on society as a whole. The goal of treatment is to prevent abused children from reaching adulthood with unrecognized, unresolved feelings and problematic behaviors that can interfere with their becoming independent and productive members of society.

For mental health professionals, this awareness includes the need to: Click to display
  • Be sensitive to children’s developmental stages and needs when interviewing, assessing, and treating child victims.
  • Recognize and support parents/families who are vulnerable to abusive or neglectful treatment of their children.
  • Create treatment plans for children and adolescents so that the trauma of abuse can be minimized and mitigated.

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