Child Abuse.

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Child abuse is the intentional, unexplainable

infliction of physical, moral, and sexual pain and

suffering on a child. It is caused mainly by parents

who were maltreated as children themselves. Causes

also include stress, poverty, and/or unemployment.

There are many cases of abuse, but those such as Elisa

Izquierdo's stand out. Child abuse consists of

various different causes, types, and cases.

There are many causes for child abuse, but some

project over the rest.

In some cases children are

mistreated when parents or caretakers have maladaptive

responses to stressful situations or feel powerless.

Searching for relief, they may hit someone with even

less power than them, and these are often children.

Other times it is the result of family problems over

which the abuser has no control. Alcohol was said to

be involved in fourteen percent of the cases of abuse

and in eighteen and a half percent of the cases of

neglect. "Religion, residence in the city or country,

region of the country, and race are all related to

violence in a home." Approximately eighty percent of

the child-abusers were themselves abused as children.

A high percentage of abusing parents feel that they

are legitimately exercising their parental right. The

parents injure their offspring hoping that the child

will change a manner or learn a lesson. They take the

idea of discipline to a brutal degree. In some cases

the parents are simply too young and/or immature to

take good care of their children. There is a higher

percentage rate of mistreatment in families with mixed

religion marriages. Very often it is a recollection

of small pressures that finally make a parent explode.

It is most likely that the abuser is employed only

part-time or is jobless. Retired men and women are

the least likely to harm a child.