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There are many children that are being abused constantly and this number is increasing every year The number in 1986 was 2 million and now that number has more than doubled When we here the word child abuse we often see this as being only physical but in reality child abuse also consist of emotional abuse neglect and sexual abuse The abusive parent has many problems they are impulsive defensive and have a poor sense of identity Parental responsibilities are also often severely affected by an addiction As a result children face physical as well as psychological abuse Many times children are left alone while parents feed their addiction Often children are forced to act as parents for younger siblings subjecting them all to emotional and psychological stress Fits of rage experienced by those addicted to illicit drugs or alcohol lead to child abuse Children living with substance-abusing parents are more likely to experience the following short-term effects increased health problems learning disorders anger aggression depression lack of control and low social skills Also children of alcoholics are twice as likely to become alcoholics themselves and often become abusers as well There are many signs that point to certain kinds of abuse that often come in combination rather than alone These signs are shown in different ways in both child and parent The Child -Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance -Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents attention -Has learning problems that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes -Is always watchful as though preparing for something bad to happen -Lacks adult supervision -Is overly compliant an overachiever or too responsible or -Comes to school early stays late and does not want to go home The Parent -Shows little concern for the child rarely responding to the schools requests for information for conferences or for home
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