Child Maltreatment and High School Dropouts

Posted by Amber White on defines child maltreatment as, “Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”  In the United States, more than half of the victims found by child protective service agencies were over the age of seven (school-aged).  These students were said to have more behavioral issues in the classroom (issues with anger management and academic deficits) and personal issues (lowered self-esteem and elevated aggression).  According to Women’, teenage victims of domestic abuse in a physical, verbal, and/or sexual form tend to drop out of school before obtaining their high school diploma at a much higher rate than students who don’t experience abuse.  Because of this most teens run away from home, thus causing them to leave school.

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