Child Abuse in Adults: Some Wounds Never Heal Term Paper by Nicky

Child Abuse in Adults: Some Wounds Never Heal
A discussion of child abuse and the lasting effects that it has well into adulthood.
# 148031 | 1,796 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 24, 2011 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse)

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This paper opens with a discussion on the definition of child abuse. Its main thesis is that child abuse has lasting effects that effect the abused well into their adult life. These lasting effects could be brain injury, anxieties, disorders, or any number of other issues. It pulls together statistics and percentages to help provide concrete data from research done by others. This paper examines some studies that have been done on adults who have suffered from child abuse.

From the Paper:

"A certain research was conducted on 554 adults aged 18-22 (White & Giorgadze, 2006). Of the group, 304 or 68% were women who reported that they were subjected to verbal, physical and sexual abuse and exposed to domestic violence. They expressed the abuses through dissociative experiences, anxiety, depression, and somatization and "limbic irritability." Limbic irritability includes of brief hallucinations and automatisms. The researchers described the respondents' symptoms as "dramatically influenced" by their history of abuse. They found that the combined exposure to verbal abuse and domestic violence produced great depression and anxiety more than any single kind of abuse. This research offers evidence that clinicians should take the verbal abuse of children seriously. It also cautions parents that substituting emotional and verbal abuse for physical punishment can bring on its own risks on the child or person (White & Giorgadze)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Business Wire (2000). McLean Researchers document brain damage linked to child abuse and neglect. Business Wire: Gale, Cengage Learning. Retrieved on April 16, 2009 from;col1
  • Lapp, K. G.; Bosworth, H. B.; Strauss, J. L.; Stechuchak, K. M., et al (2005). Lifetime sexual and physical victimization among male veterans with combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Military Medicine: Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. Retrieved on April 16, 2009 from;col1
  • Splete, H (2006). Childhood abuse predicts adult anxiety disorders. Clinical Psychiatry News: International Medical News Group. Retrieved on April 16, 2009 from;col1
  • White, H. R. and Widom, C. S. (2008). Three potential mediators of the effects of child abuse and neglect in adulthood substance use among women. Journal of Studies in Alcohol: Alcohol Research Documentation, Inc. Retrieved on April 16, 2009 from;col1
  • White, R and Giorgadze, A. (2006). Verbal abuse and witnessing violence in childhood are highly associated with psychiatric symptoms. Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health: Medscape. Retrieved on April 16, 2009 from

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