Ch 1: Understanding & Recognizing Child Abuse & Neglect

About This Chapter

Gain a greater understanding child abuse and neglect and increase your ability to recognize signs among your students by utilizing this chapter's informative teacher resources. Engaging lessons and short self-assessment quizzes can enhance your ability to provide necessary support in the classroom.

Understanding & Recognizing Child Abuse & Neglect - Chapter Summary

Students sometimes experience child abuse and neglect issues outside the classroom that require immediate attention from their teachers. Review the lessons in this chapter to find out how you can recognize the warning signs for students experiencing these challenges. Topics covered include the following:

  • Definition and facts about child abuse
  • Children living in dysfunctional families
  • Characteristics of individuals who neglect or abuse children
  • Warning signs of child abuse and neglect
  • Symptoms of PTSD in children

Access the lessons in any sequence and review them as many times as needed to feel confident that you can recognize signs of child abuse and neglect in students. Take the quizzes in this chapter for a quick refresher of concepts covered in the lessons.

How It Helps

  • Builds awareness: The lessons offer helpful information that can build your awareness of abuse and neglect issues children face.
  • Offers comprehensive examples: Examples in the lessons help you recognize when a child is displaying signs of neglect and abuse.
  • Helps students in need: Getting a quality understanding of child abuse and neglect can ensure you're able to secure appropriate assistance for your students in need.

Skills Covered

Once you've completed this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define and describe types of child abuse
  • Explain the meaning of a dysfunctional family and how children can perceive this type of family as normal
  • List characteristics that are common among people who abuse and neglect children
  • Recognize the warning signs of child abuse and neglect in your students
  • Describe how PTSD manifests, and identify symptoms in students

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Understanding & Recognizing Child Abuse & Neglect
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Child Abuse? - Definition & Facts

1. What is Child Abuse? - Definition & Facts

Did you know that more than five children die each day from child abuse? In this lesson, learn about the different types of child abuse, general statistics, and more.

Dysfunctional Family Dynamics

2. Dysfunctional Family Dynamics

This lesson explores the topic of dysfunctional family relationships. Characteristics and examples of dysfunctional families are presented, and functional families are discussed in comparison.

Characteristics of People Who Abuse or Neglect Children

3. Characteristics of People Who Abuse or Neglect Children

While it's prudent to look for signs of child abuse or neglect on the child, let's not forget to look at the other angle, at the potential abuser. This lesson provides some signs and characteristics you should look out for regarding people who abuse or neglect children.

Warning Signs of Child Abuse

4. Warning Signs of Child Abuse

Children who are abused need immediate help. They may not even understand that they are victims. This lesson will help you spot some of the many signs of child abuse.

Warning Signs of Child Neglect

5. Warning Signs of Child Neglect

Children should never be neglected. Unfortunately, they are. Learn about the meaning of child neglect and what warning signs to look out for so you can help put an end to it.

PTSD Symptoms in Children

6. PTSD Symptoms in Children

PTSD is among the most complicated disorders to recognize, particularly in children living with the disorder. Through this lesson you will learn how PTSD manifests itself in children and explore some of the more common symptoms.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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