Children who are abused or neglected may have long-term emotional and physical problems. Abuse and neglect in children
younger than 7 years of age may lead to permanent behavior and personality
When physical abuse happens repeatedly or for a long time, it can cause permanent damage.
Emotional detachment. A person may
have problems making friends. This can lead to feeling isolated and alone. Children may not learn how to feel sympathy for others.
Impulsiveness. The person acts without thinking about the consequences. They may take risks, such as driving
Sexual problems. Abused or neglected children,
especially those who are sexually abused, often have problems developing
healthy feelings about sex as they reach adolescence and adulthood. Some may be overly active sexually. Others may be too afraid to be intimate with anyone.
Children who are abused or neglected are more likely to abuse other children and siblings and, later in life, their own
children or elderly parents. They are also more likely to become involved in crime.
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November 14, 2014
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