Childhood Physical Neglect

Childhood Physical Neglect

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  • The Victim
  • Maltreatment: Neglect
  • I'm hungry... I'm cold...
  • Short Term Impacts
  • Year 1
  • Coen is a 4 year old boy, of Aboriginal descent.  He is raised by a single Mother, who has a substance abuse problem. Coen lives in an extremely poor neighbourhood, with a high levels of crime, and a disproportionate number of single parent dwellings. 
  • Long Term Impacts
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  • Coen's Mum has a part-time job and receives Centrelink payments. While low, the family income is adequate to provide for the family. Coen's Mum uses this income to support her substance abuse problem. As a result, Coen is often left without food, or suitable clothing. In addition, Coen's Mum offers no emotional warmth, comfort, or support.
  • Offending Behaviour
  • As Coen enters lower education, he struggles academically, including deficits in comprehension and vocabulary, and is last to finish his work.  He struggles with depressive symptoms, such as self esteem, and often exhibits shame. Socially, Coen is easily led, often resulting in poor choices, and has a tendency to react physically, and without thinking, in times of conflict.
  • References
  • Evans,C. B. R., & Burton, D. L. (2013). Five types of child maltreatment and subsequent delinquency: Physical neglect as the most significant predictor. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 6(4), 231-245. doi:10.1080/19361521.2013.837567 Herrenkohl, T. I., Hong, S., Klika, J. B., Herrenkohl, R. C., & Russo, M. J. (2013). Developmental impacts of child abuse and neglect related to adult mental health, substance use, and physical health. Journal of Family Violence, 28(2), 191-199. doi: 10.1007/s108 Moreno‐Manso, J. M., García‐Baamonde, M. E., Guerrero‐Barona, E., Blázquez‐Alonso, M., Pozueco‐Romero, J. M., & Godoy‐Merino, M. J. (2017). Psychosocial adaptation of young victims of physical neglect. Child AbuseReview, 26(5), 364-374. doi:10.1002/car.2428 Viezel ,K. D., Freer, B. D., Lowell, A., & Castillo, J. A. (2015). Cognitive abilities of maltreated children. Psychology in the Schools, 52(1),92-106. doi:10.1002/pits.21809 Widom ,C. S. (2017). Long‐Term impact of childhood abuse and neglect on crime and violence. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 24(2),186-202. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12194 ADD Neuro ref!!!!
  • Coen's academic struggles continue throughout adolescence. At 12, he begins experimenting with alcohol, later developing a substance abuse problem. Coen struggles to adapt socially, and is increasingly impulsive, with risky sexual behaviour, and violent tendencies. Coen lives with mental health problems, primarily depression, and he has made several suicide attempts.
  • Coen enters the Juvenile Justice System at 14, for the theft of alcohol from a liquor store. This is followed by multiple minor crimes throughout adolescence. Coen's criminal behaviour continues to escalate, and at 24, he is charged with Aggravated Assault, Occasioning Bodily Harm, following a violent pub fight while intoxicated. Coen is currently serving 6 years in prison.
  • Janelle Weir Student Number: 32669022
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