ERIC Number: ED458451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
What Can Happen to Abused Children When They Grow Up--If No One Notices, Listens or Helps? Some Statistics from the Research.
Maine State Dept. of Behavioral and Developmental Services, Augusta.
Mental health professionals are becoming more aware of problems resulting from trauma. The earlier a trauma is identified and treated the better the chances of recovery, yet professionals do not always recognize symptoms or know what to do. If no one notices or intervenes, childhood abuse can lead to serious mental health problems in the adult years. Some adults suffer lifelong mental health and emotional problems. Others abuse themselves or others. There are several ways the average person can help to break the cycle of violence and trauma. When interacting with children or adolescents, be aware of unexplained bruises; sexualized behavior towards others; reports of bed-wetting or cruelty towards animals; or any marked change in their personality or behavior. Such activities should be reported to a teacher; counselor; physician; minister; and/or child protective services worker. Adults may also show signs of childhood trauma. Signs to look for include self-neglect; recurrent depression; compulsive sexual behavior; suicide attempts; alcohol or drug abuse; or self-injurious behavior. In these cases the adult should be encouraged to see a doctor or licensed therapist. Recovery is possible if an early response is available and support is offered. (Contains 62 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, At Risk Persons, Child Abuse, Childhood Needs, Children, Counseling, Early Identification, Emotional Problems, Intervention, Mental Health, Mental Health Workers, Outcomes of Treatment, Sexual Abuse, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
For full text: http://www.state.sc.us/dmh/abused_children. htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine State Dept. of Behavioral and Developmental Services, Augusta.