Child Abuse Myths and Facts

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, crosses ethnic and cultural lines, and all levels of education. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the myths and facts about child abuse in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. By recognizing some of the myths and facts, you can make a huge difference in a childs life.

Myth: Its only abuse if its violent.

Fact: Physical abuse is just one type of child abuse. Neglect and emotional abuse can be just as damaging, and since they are more subtle, others are less likely to intervene.

Myth: Only bad people abuse their children.

Fact: Not all abusers are intentionally harming their children. Many have been victims of abuse themselves, and dont know any other way to parent. Others may be struggling with mental health issues or a substance abuse problem.

Myth: Abused children always grow up to be abusers.

Fact: Abused children are more likely to repeat the cycle as adults, unconsciously repeating what they experienced as children. On the other hand, many adult survivors of child abuse have a strong motivation to protect their children against what they went through and become excellent parents.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.