Child Abuse Impacts Children’s Development

· April 21, 2017
Child abuse isn't just about neglect or physical or emotional abuse. It's about poor parenting that prevents children from properly developing. Learn more in this article.

Child abuse provokes many problems in children, although many of these are not apparent until adulthood. Then, they begin to meet with difficulties they can’t manage.

One problem is that poor interpersonal relationships can stem from a history of child abuse. These can take us down a path of bitterness if we don’t know how to solve them.

After all, everything comes from our childhood.

Child abuse hurts

Child abuse may come from traumatic familial situations, maltreatment, lack of care, emotional abuse, and many other things.

It’s not always about neglect. In addition, it’s about any situation that makes a child profoundly uncomfortable and can lead to lasting psychological damage.


Why do we allow it? Do parents not realize that all of this will affect them in the future time?

These are questions that rarely have an answer. However, many parents mistakenly believe that their children aren’t conscious of what really occurs and that they are “detached.”

Nevertheless, the reality is completely different. Children are very receptive and aware of the multiple negative stimuli that they are exposed to.

Naturally, all of this will condition their future years.

It is now when, after years have passed, problems will emerge. These problems may reveal emotional dependency, fear of solitude, and diverse struggles to maintain healthy relationships with others.

Symptoms of child abuse

Although it’s true that difficulties are exacerbated when we are adults, many of them can be detected in childhood if we pay enough attention.

That said, we must be alert and pay close attention to children, because some of these issues are intermittent.


If emotional neglect is dealt with during childhood, the result will be very positive. However, if we do not identify it and do nothing, children will encounter a multitude of obstacles when they become adults.

Among the symptoms of emotional neglect in children we can find:

  • Impulse control problems
  • Abrupt changes in behavior
  • General distrust toward others
  • Aggressive responses
  • Developmental deficiency in language and social skills
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Difficulties expressing feelings and problems controlling emotions

Many of these symptoms move into adult age and in ways that are painful and troubling. This is especially true if we find ourselves in an advanced stage of a problem that turns out to be hard to solve.

Developmental problems

Abuse doesn’t just affect children’s emotions and their capacity to communicate feelings.

In addition, it also affects children’s development. This causes serious setbacks in their learning, starting very early in life.


Stress and anxiety are among the most noteworthy symptoms to pay attention to.

These “adult problems” aren’t typical for children. After all, childhood is a time of enjoyment and relaxation.

However, does all of this emerge in only in extreme circumstances?

The truth is that intense situations of abuse, abandonment, or divorce are not required for children to develop disorders.

A poor-quality education can also cause damage to their development and possible future difficulties. One example of this deficient education is the quantity of hours that a child spends in front of the TV.

Parents’ work and their lack of desire to put up with their children’s temper tantrums lead them to use certain distractions for their children. Computers, cell phones, games…None of these are healthy for children’s development.

In these cases, children don’t plays,  leave the house, or interact with the rest of the world. All that exists is the child and the screen that stupefies them.

Before you go, discover: Hyper Parenting: A Way to Give the World Unhappy Children


Every child needs attention and interaction to prepare them to be good, responsible people with strong values. If we neglect what they need due to laziness, then it’s very possible that our children will face a world of developmental problems.

Parents and caretakers have a great responsibility when they bring a child into the world. After all, nobody should have the luxury of throwing this responsibility out the window and later complaining about their children’s’ attitudes.

Overall, education, concern for what happens to them, and how they live is needed to prevent disorders from making their lives more difficult one day.