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Participant Definitions Of Terms:



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AT RISK
= There is a potential for some imminent harm. Children are in danger of
something. There is a good probability that something bad will happen to the
child.


·      
ABUSE =
Anything that seriously harms a child such as something that leaves scars or
marks, breaks bones, or something like that. Verbal and emotional maltreatment
also constitute abuse, but are not as easy to identify. Sexual abuse is totally
unacceptable. Psychological abuse can be just as bad. (Note the above-mentioned
criterion that the situation has to be extreme before intervention would be
justified.)


·      
NEGLECT
= Depriving a child of proper care, not paying attention, or not having an
interest in your child. Neglect can be very subtle, e.g., using the TV as a baby sitter. (Again, note the above
criterion that the situation needs to be extreme before intervention is
justified.)


Participants generally agreed that abuse and
neglect are equally bad.


·      
Neglect
always leads to abuse. It’s the groundwork.


However, some people in all groups said that
abuse is worse.


·      
Abuse
leaves scars for a lifetime but eventually they will get over neglect. (There
seems here to be little awareness of the long-term physical, psychological,
social, and intellectual damage that serious childhood neglect does to
children.)


Virtually all participants knew that anyone
can report abuse or neglect situations. They said that they would either call
the police or social services to make a report.





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