Abused or neglected children often suffer impairments in their language abilities and cognitive skills. With these impacts many survivors struggle to find a sense of purpose and a meaningful role in society.
This is because of the many chaotic ups and downs. These are classic symptoms that arise from experiencing a single traumatic life event. The most important response is how caregivers react to the abuse and that the response is not negative. Making meaning of terrible experiences is a challenge and a hallmark of healing.
Use and disuse of specific pathways alter the neuronal structure through a variety of mechanisms, including changes in sensitivity and the number of synaptic connections.
These disparate consequences, including depression and suicide, hypertension and diabetes, cigarette smoking, alcohol and other substance abuse, and fractured bones, bear compelling testimony to the vulnerability of children to stressful experience.
In the office, clinicians deal daily with children who are suffering the effects of trauma, including separation and loss, physical and sexual abuse, parental neglect, and witnessing violence. Some survivors find it difficult to learn and complete their education.
Physiological changes and the onset of formal operational thought can complicate adjustment issues, and problematic behavior can resurface in new and often more dangerous forms.
Abuse that occurs over time is also more harmful. Adults who have experienced childhood trauma are more likely to visit the doctor for physical problems more often Draper et al. How can childhood trauma affect our sense of meaning? They can also be associated with dissociation.Discusses the impact of sexual abuse on girls aged 6â€“16 years and how psychological factors impact their development.
The Impact of Sexual Abuse in the Lives of Young Women Involved or at Risk of Involvement With the Juvenile Justice System. Nature of the sexual abuse and the child's reactions: Abusive characteristics make a big difference in the impact on a child, especially those involving force and violence.
The most impactful factor is if the child believed they were in extreme danger and might be killed or hurt during the assault. will define childhood sexual abuse and review the impact it can have, explore the long-term effects and symptoms associated with childhood sexual abuse, and discuss counseling implications.
victims of sexual abuse experience sexual problems more than the general population.
When a child suffers sexual abuse, sexual arousal becomes activated prematurely and can largely impact the survivor’s sense of autonomy over their body and sexual sense of self (Roller, Martsolf, Draucker & Ross, ).
Abuse is also correlated with other detrimental factors in the victim’s life, as studies find 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder (HSS, ).
Maker, Kemmelmeier, and Peterson () highlighted that victims of child sexual abuse are at greater risk of adult sexual assault and that the negative psychological outcomes attributed to child sexual abuse may in fact be more strongly associated with sexual assault in adulthood "as measures of psychological functioning may be more sensitive.Download