Child Abuse: An Overview

Signs of Child Neglect

Child’s Appearance and Behavior:

Abuses alcohol or other drugs; Begs for or steals food; Consistently dirty, unwashed, hungry, or inappropriately dressed; Constantly tired or listless; Engages in dangerous activities; Engages in delinquent acts; Has unattended physical problems or lacks routine medical care; Has been abandoned or is without supervision for extended periods of time; Is exploited or overworked; Lacks adult supervision; Lacks treatment for a medical condition or lacks of dental care; Loses weight or fails to gain weight; Needs but doesn’t have eyeglasses; Skips or misses school frequently.2,10

Caretaker’s Behavior:

Misuses alcohol or other drugs; Maintains chaotic home life; Shows evidence of apathy or futility; Is mentally ill or of diminished intelligence; Has history of neglect as a child; Overly self-absorbed.10

Child Abuse Introduction   |   Signs of Child Abuse
Child Abuse Statistics   |   It’s Under Reported
Effects of Child Abuse on Children: Abuse General
Effects of Child Abuse on Children: Child Sexual Abuse
Injuries to Children: Physical and Sexual Abuse
Effects of Child Abuse on Adults: Childhood Abuse
Effects of Child Abuse on Adults: Childhood Sexual Abuse
Definition of Physical Abuse   |   Signs of Physical Abuse
Definition of Sexual Abuse   |   Signs of Sexual Abuse
Definition of Child Neglect   |   Signs of Child Neglect
Definition of Emotional Abuse   |   Signs of Emotional Abuse
Abusers   |   Pedophiles
Child Physical Abuse and Corporal Punishment
Treatment for Child Abuse
Costs to Society
State Child Abuse Laws
Nationwide Crisis Line and Hotline Directory

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“Child Abuse: An Overview” was written by C. J. Newton, MA, Learning Specialist and published in the Find (formerly Mental Health Journal in April, 2001.

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