You make a valid point in indicating a history of mental health issues and abuse can often be traced back to a person’s childhood. Inability to cope with children who are at various developmental stages is a factor that contributes to occurrences of child abuse. Everyone who ends up being a parent may not necessarily be equipped for the role, for a variety of reasons. When a child presents for treatment, it provides an excellent opportunity to screen and assess for abuse, as the window of opportunity for identification of signs may be small. Prompt intervention may not only have the impact of helping the child involved. It could also serve to a cycle of dysfunction, that would otherwise continue, to impact other children.
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