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The effects of childhood abuse





Briana Wyrick

Professor Blunk

INDS 400

12 September 2018

Topic and Research Question

Topic: The effects of childhood abuse are most effectively treated by physiological psychology methods for long-term recovery.

Hypothesis: A study of children after removal from abusive environments will show physiological psychologic treatment is more effective at presenting long-term recovery than treating each independently.

Research Question: Will a child removed from an abusive environment have a more successful, long-term recovery if physiological psychologic treatments for trauma are employed?

Disciplines Incorporated: Psychology and Physiology

Justification: Psychology is crucial in the study for treatment of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, crises, and/or trauma. Depending on the time frame of intervention, multiple specialties of psychological evaluation and counseling may be needed including but not limited to: crisis, trauma, sexual, or family counseling and diagnosis of personality disorders or cognitive deficiencies. Often children are overlooked because of the resilience that abounds from them; however, that is not enough to decide the psychological effects of abuse are not present. For the long-term well-being of children and their assimilation into a healthy societal structure, they need to be evaluated and counseled before and after being placed into a nurturing, supportive environment. While the outward signs of abuse may subside with time that is not enough to conclude the physiological effects are no longer present. Physiology would provide insight into the short and long-term effects on the developing body and how to counteract those negative impacts. As with counseling, depending on the time frame of intervention, various implements of physiological care may be necessary such as nutritional sustenance, wound care, hygiene, medicinal care, and brain or physical therapies to bring development to age appropriate functioning.