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Various studies have shown that youths who experience abuse in most cases have lasting experiences that affects their wellbeing as they grow into adults. There is a correlation between child abuse and neglect and how adults form relationships in the future. These findings highlight the relative need for further exploration into the emotional and physical wellbeing of youths. The findings also suggest that ridicule, abuse, disdain, and humiliation cannot be easily counteracted by praise and warmth from those responsible for their care and wellbeing. It is important to understand how abuse in any form can be a source of immense discomfort for a youth resulting in most cases to symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fear, and drug dependencies.

How a child who has experienced abuse is affected by the abuse ? What are the psychological effects of abuse to a child? Can childhood experiences form lasting behaviors and impressions on a young mind? This paper will attempt to take into consideration several studies around the various aspects of abuse such as emotional, mental, physical, and sexual to see if a correlation exists between childhood abuse and psychological wellness. In addition, we will look at how intimate partner violence affects a child that is in the home witnessing violence inflicted to a parent or from a parent.

There were four journal articles used to obtain the information presented in this paper. Each paper looks at abuse from a different perspective, however, the findings on all the research papers arrived at similar conclusions; abuse inflicted on a child have a direct correlation on the emotional and psychological wellness as the child grows into adulthood. Early childhood abuse also affects relationships a child forms throughout his or her adult life. This paper focused on five Child Abuse & Neglect studies as follows:

1. Relationship between adverse early experiences, stressors, psychosocial resources and wellbeing (Sharon McElroy and David Hevey, 2013

2. Sibling exposed to intimate partner violence: Linking sibling relationship quality && child adjustment problems (Caroline C Pitrowski, Ketan Tailor and Damien C Cormier, 2013)

2. PTSD symptom cluster profiles of youth who have experienced sexual or physical abuse (Melissa K Runyon, Esther Deblinger and Robert A Steer, 2013)

3. Parental verbal affection and verbal aggression in childhood differential influence psychiatric symptoms and wellbeing in young adulthood, 2012).

See individual blog post for each study. These are recent studies between 2012-2013. No personal opinions of mine are express in these studies. The references are shown below and again at the end of each post.

References

Polcari, A., Rabi, K., Bolger, E., Teicher, M.H. (2012). Parental verbal affection and verbal aggression in childhood differentially influence psychiatric symptoms and wellbeing in young adulthood. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38, 91-102.

McElroy, S., Hevey, D. (2013). Relationship between adverse early experiences, stressors, psychosocial resources and wellbeing. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38, 65-75.

Piotrowski, C.C., Tailor, K., Cormier, D.C. (2013). Sibling exposed to intimate partner violence. Linking sibling relationship quality & child adjustment problems. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38, 123-134.

Runyon, M.K., Deblinger, E., Steer, R.A., (2013). PTSD symptoms cluster profiles of youth who have experienced sexual or physical abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38, 84-90.

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