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Long-Term Effects of Physical Child Abuse Developmental Psychology Cheryl Karalus Theres a child that lives tucked away somewhere in every adult Our inner child is what often rules our feelings emotions response to feelings and emotions and many of our behaviors Most of us believe that we hide this child from the world For example we get our test results back and its an A we want to jump up and down with excitement right then and there but we dont Why Because that would be looked at by others as childish so we wait until we get home I would hope for most this child would know joy happiness excitement exploration self-worth hope and love For the adult child of physical abuse it doesnt This child knows pain fear sadness self-worthlessness anger I think rage is a better fit rejection denial and hopelessness This adults behaviors react in life to all those feelings that are buried deep within from their childhood What I was looking for in this research is exactly what some of these feelings are and how adults of childhood physical abuse react or behave because of those feelings I tried to separate physical and emotional abuse I dont believe that physical abuse can stand alone by itself Physical abuse is also emotional abuse Before I start with adult effects Id like to mention those that never live to see adulthood According to information from 34 states representing 673 of the US population under the age of 18 an estimated 1215 child maltreatment deaths were confirmed by child protective service CPS agencies in 1995 childabusecom no author or year mentioned This number is considered to be well under factual figures because 16 states did not supply their information and many SIDS deaths and accidental deaths could actually have been caused by abuse but it could not be proven childabusecom Another cause of premature death
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