A NEATS Analysis of Child Physical Abuse
By Jane Gilgun
Copyright 2012 by Jane Gilgun
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Child physical abuse threatens children’s psychological and physical health and is a symptom of callousness and inhumanity in adults who perpetrate it. Despite the consequences of physical abuse, most parents physically abuse their children at least once. A large percentage of parents physically abuse their children as a routine part of their childrearing.
In this article, I apply the NEATS to the physical abuse of children, show the consequences for children’s development, and draw principles from the NEATS to use as guidelines for choosing, developing, and evaluating interventions designed to rebuild child-parent relationships after physical abuse has occurred. I also draw principles from the NEATS to develop guidelines for evaluating programs designed to prevent child physical abuse in the first place. The ideas in this article are relevant to other forms of child abuse and to various types of child neglect.