The extent of child abuse and neglect is almost impossible to estimate. It appears that parental substance abuse, including the use of alcohol and other drugs, are related to child abuse. Additionally, social class seems to be related to child abuse with more abuse occurring in the lower class or in poor communities. Please respond to each of the following:
- What causes parents to abuse or neglect their children?
- How often do you think child abuse occurs in your own community?
- Offer a few suggestions of ways to prevent abuse and neglect.