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Shaken Baby Syndrome
This paper discusses infant health, specifically shaken baby syndrome.
# 91438 | 1,001 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jan 03, 2007 in Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse)

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This paper discusses shaken baby syndrome (SBS) including what type of person would cause it and what mental issues they might have. It also looks at the possible consequences to the baby and what people can do to prevent this syndrome. The paper explains that shaken baby syndrome is a serious form of child abuse and a growing problem in America today. The paper highlights how understanding some of the characteristics of the abuser can help social workers and healthcare professionals to identify potential abusers. The paper concludes that professionals and families working together can recognize and prevent shaken baby syndrome and thereby save the lives of innocent and defenseless children.

From the Paper:

"The syndrome is extremely dangerous because the size of the attacker greatly outweighs the size of the victim, which means they can inflict serious damage very quickly, and that medical personnel can overlook it if they are not careful. One author gives a graphic illustration of the danger of this abuse. He writes, "To give you some sense of proportion about how violent this shaking is, research now shows that a child falling from a third-story window has about a 1 percent chance of dying while in SBS there is a 25 percent risk of death (Parker, 2004). However, many experts see the syndrome as mostly an accident by parents or caregivers, who do not have a sense of how hard they are really shaking the child, and/or do not understand how much harm they can do."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Morey, A. (1998). What happened to Christopher? An American family's story of shaken baby syndrome. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.
  • Parker, M. (2004). Silenced angels. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 35(3), 511+.
  • Phipps, C. A. (1999). Responding to child homicide: A statutory proposal. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 89(2), 535.
  • Roberts, C., Wolman, C., & Harris-Looby, J. (2004). Project baby care: A parental training program for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Childhood Education, 81(2), 101+.

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