'Trust unto Jehovah with all thy heart,
And unto thine own understanding lean not.
In all thy ways know thou Him,
And He doth make straight thy paths.'
(Proverbs 3:5,6, YLTHB)
The statistics on physical child abuse are alarming. Of the estimated hundreds of thousands of children
battered each year by a parent or close relative, thousands die. For those who survive, the emotional trauma
remains long after the external bruises have healed. Communities and the courts recognize that these
emotional 'hidden bruises' can be treated.
Children who have been abused may display a poor self-image, Inability to depend on, trust or love others, Aggressive and disruptive--sometimes illegal--behavior; Passive and withdrawn behavior; fear of entering into new relationships or activities, School failure, Serious drug and alcohol abuse.
The child and adolescent psychiatrist is able to treat the 'whole child'--medical as well as psychological or
emotional problems that have occurred as a result of the abuse.
The family can be helped to learn new ways
of support and communicating with one another. Through treatment, the abused child begins to regain a
sense of self-confidence and trust. Child abuse is a matter of degree: the degree to which a parent uses inap-propriate or excessive control strategies with a child and/or fails to provide standards of care giving.
In fact, abusive parents often do not know they are abusive. Our culture has, for generations, used corporal
punishment as a means of controlling child behavior. Some parents think society places no restraint on such
techniques. Many may recall the old saying, 'spare the rod and spoil the child.' It is not always clear what the limits are in efforts to get a child to behave.
The best way to stop the child abuse and stop the abusive parents from abusing their children...