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Breaking the Silence: Childhood Abuse and Neglect

Breaking the Silence: Childhood Abuse and Neglect
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Author(s): Sheeba Shamsudeen (Mahatma Gandhi University of Medical Sciences and Technology, India)and Ritwika Nag (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India)
Copyright: 2024
Pages: 22
Source title: Handbook of Research on Child and Adolescent Psychology Practices and Interventions
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sanjeev Kumar Gupta (All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-9983-2.ch003


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Childhood abuse and neglect are tragic and distressing realities that persist in societies worldwide and can have profound and long-lasting effects on children and adolescents. It encompasses a wide range of harmful behaviours, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglectful acts of omission, such as failing to provide adequate care, supervision, or emotional support. This chapter focuses on recognising the different forms of abuse and neglect and the risk and protective factors that can be present across multiple levels of a child's ecology and interact to influence outcomes. Survivors of abuse and childhood neglect often face emotional, psychological, and physical consequences that can persist into adulthood. Addressing this global problem requires a coordinated understanding regarding the warning signs, the protective and risk factors and the impact and consequences. Evidence-based psychosocial interventions can assist children and their families to regain their functioning and facilitate the development of healthy, productive lives.

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