Early Childhood Trauma Lives on in Adulthood Research Paper

Early Childhood Trauma Lives on in Adulthood
A research paper examining the long-term effects of early childhood trauma.
# 128292 | 2,258 words | 11 sources | APA | 2006 | PH

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This paper examines the long-term effects of early childhood trauma and abuse, proposing that abused children eventually become problem adults who are a burden to society. The paper explains that recent studies reveal the significance of parenting in the cross-generational transmission of aggressive or problem behavior up to three continuous generations; also, stable evidence has long recognized and documented the negative effects of aggressive or harsh and inconsistent parenting and identified the need for interventions that would foster better parenting skills. The paper concludes by exploring various studies that searched for a relationship between childhood misbehavior and birth complications, hormones, neurotransmitters, toxins and drugs, and a negative home environment of violence.

From the Paper:

"Child mistreatment or abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or in the form of neglect. Neglect was the most common type and the perpetrators were mostly parents who themselves were abused as children. Irritable and aggressive parenting led children to grow up into unstable, under-controlled adolescents and adults with troubled relationships, families and parenting in later life. This type of parenting passed from the first to the third generations through the behaviors of the children who learned and engendered them mainly from their mothers' own behaviors. This antisocial behavior that began from home increased the risk of criminality, academic failure and social relationship problems. Financial stress had a strong impact on parenting quality that transmitted antisocial behavior from generation to generation. Four studies directly showed and reinforced earlier findings of this intergeneration transmission, demonstrated by preschoolers at least once daily in class. These preschoolers came mostly from low-income families, most boys influenced by peer rejection and most girls, by low academic performance. Sibling collusion and biosocial factors aggravated and reinforced the formation of antisocial behavior from children who were abused. Mistreated African-American children experienced more guilt and self-blame than Caucasian children. Common beliefs about children's misbehavior also clashed with scientific knowledge. All conditions pointed to the need for adequate mechanisms of early intervention that would consistently and thoroughly address the problem or question at the crucial preschool age of children."

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APA Format

Early Childhood Trauma Lives on in Adulthood (2010, July 09) Retrieved December 02, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/early-childhood-trauma-lives-on-in-adulthood-128292/

MLA Format

"Early Childhood Trauma Lives on in Adulthood" 09 July 2010. Web. 02 December. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/early-childhood-trauma-lives-on-in-adulthood-128292/>