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Characteristics of Abusive Adults
Adults who abuse a child/ children will often share several of the following characteristics.
Studies have shown a direct relationship between drugs and/or alcohol and the occurrence of abuse.
History of Abuse as a Child:
Children learn from adults. A child who is raised in a home where violence is used to solve problems will likely react in the same way.
The adult lacks the physical and emotional support they need from friends, family and their community. He or she will rarely participate in activities.
The adult sees himself or herself as worthless, bad or unlovable.
The adult can be easily irritated and overwhelmed by everyday problems.
Lack of parenting skills:
The adult does not understand a child’s needs and often feels the child is being disobedient when he or she is not able to meet the adults expectation.
Unmet emotional needs:
The adult has difficulty showing warmth, love and support and are unable to provide the child with these feelings.
Abusive Adults may
- be rigid
- be mean
- be easily angered
- be demanding
- be irrational
- be incapable of child rearing
- believe in the need for harsh physical discipline
- react to the child with impatience or annoyance
- not show affection/ concern towards the child
- crave power
- have mental health problems