posted on Mar, 16 2014 @ 07:54 PM
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
Oh, Wrabbit, it can be a sad sad brutal world.
I'm so sorry to hear this.
Apparently 1300 kids per year experience severe or fatal head trauma due to shaken baby syndrome. I saw a child with
this in the PICU and it was heart-breaking. This story seems to include some possible SBS and horrible additional physical abuse.
Child Abuse in America
Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United
States involving more than 6 million children (a report can include multiple children). The United States has one of the worst records among
industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect. 1, 2
These are stomach-turning statistics. Here is an excellent source for factors that contribute to abuse/neglect of children.
Factors Contributing to Child Abuse/Neglect
Risk factors associated with child maltreatment can be grouped in four domains:
Parent or caregiver factors
It is increasingly recognized that child maltreatment arises from the interaction of multiple factors across these four domains.20 The sections that
follow examine risk factors in each category. Available research suggests that different factors may play varying roles in accounting for different
forms of child maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and psychological or emotional abuse).
Ugh. Looking at this stuff leaves me feeling very down. We can do better than this, can't we?? Well, here is a glimpse of a start...
Factors that counteract the factors contributing to abuse (same source):
Just as there are factors that place families at risk for maltreating their children, there are other factors that may protect them from
vulnerabilities—factors that promote resilience. In general, research has found that supportive, emotionally satisfying relationships with a network
of relatives or friends can help minimize the risk of parents maltreating children, especially during stressful life events.83 For example, parents
who were abused as children are less likely to abuse their own children if they have resolved internal conflicts and pain related to their history of
abuse and if they have an intact, stable, supportive, and nonabusive relationship with their partner.84 Additionally, programs on marriage education
and enhancement may provide a roadmap of expected challenges such as the birth of the first child, parenting adolescents, and common gender
differences which may act as a protective factor by strengthening families.85
This same source has other information on prevention of child abuse.
Thanks for the discussion, Wrabbit...