Childhood Maltreatment (Physical Abuse)

Childhood Maltreatment (Physical Abuse)
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Liam lost his mother during childbirth. His father physically abused him since he was four. As a result, he did not perform well in school, and was caught for several juvenile delinquencies. His mental health suffered greatly. In adulthood, he had difficulty holding a job and when he had a family of his own, the cycle of violence continued.

Storyboard Text

  • You're hurting me, father! Please stop hitting me!
  • It's your fault your mother died! If it wasn't for you, she would still be here! I wish your mother never had you! You're a big mistake.... I wish you were dead instead of her.
  • HEY! Why are you kids loitering in the park! You three are suppose to be in school!
  • Hey Liam, there's someone coming!
  • School is so boring... It feels so good to be out!
  • Liam lost his mother during childbirth and his father blamed him for her death. Liam grew up being physically abused and being screamed at by his father who was often intoxicated. His father was never reported to the police so Liam endured this physical abuse during his childhood and adolescence.
  • I hate my life, I'm such a loser. I can't make friends, I can't talk to anyone and dad hates me. Dad is right, I shouldn't be alive. 
  • Liam was often caught not attending school with his peers who influenced him to play truant and smoke, and as a result, his academic performance suffered greatly. He also did not pursue tertiary education and started working after graduating highschool. 
  • You are a terrible employee! Collect your things and don't come back! You. Are. FIRED!!
  • Liam has also physically bullied others and showed violent, aggressive behavior when faced with interpersonal conflicts. He lacked self-control and his behaviors were governed by frustration, impulsivity and poor decision-making (Lindsay et al., 2001). 
  • Daddy, please stop hurting mommy! 
  • Liam, STOP! You've been drinking, just stop it!! Please just hit me, don't hit him!
  • Research (Thornberry et al., 2014; Fergusson et al., 1997; Fergusson et al., 2008) on childhood physical abuse victims have been linked to terrible mental health and Liam was no different. He struggled with low self-esteem and often with his thoughts that were depressive and suicidal. 
  • As an adult, Liam was unable to sustain jobs for a period of time and was often fired due to his aggressive behavior and alcohol dependency. He was ill-prepared for the roles and responsibilities that came with adulthood (Lansford et al., 2007).
  • Liam had poor emotional regulation and decision-making skills when challenges would arise. He would often come home late intoxicated and angry. His violent behavior and dependency on alcohol encouraged him to physically abuse his wife and child. 
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