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Child Abuse and Parenting Style: What is the Difference?

People often wonder if a certain parent-child interaction is a parenting style that differs in every case, a style to correct a child’s behavior or child abuse. It is very important to know the difference between child abuse and various parenting styles that parents adopt. Child abuse- when the parents inflict harm on the child- is a serious matter that can result in parents facing criminal charges of child abuse.

Child Abuse And Parenting Style

The Relation between Parenting Style and Child Behavior:

The child exhibits different behaviors depending on the parenting style. There are four standard parenting styles i.e. authoritarian, neglectful, permissive, and authoritative. When the parents take any these styles beyond limits or employ a different style to reward or punish their children, it can result in child abuse. Child abuse may cause injury to children, so it is essential to understand why the state may charge parents with criminal activity.

The Results of Parenting Styles:

There are two things when it comes to parenting styles; expected results and the actual results. The parents may become demanding or expecting a response from the child- this may need maturity or behavior control.  The parents’ demand may depend on the child’s response and the way parents push their child. While exercising this authority, when the parents use physical, emotional psychological abuse, growth or maturity in a child may slow down. The state can spot the signs of abuse and neglect and hence remove the child from home through law enforcement.

Authoritative Parenting Style:

The parents with authoritative parenting style have high demand and high response approach towards their child. They keep high expectations such as achievements maturity but also are warm and responsive to children’s needs. They employ rules, open discussion, reasoning and boundaries within the house. Parents are usually supportive, affectionate and encourage independence. The children who are brought up with this parenting style, tend to remain happy and satisfied with better mental health and self-esteem. These children also are good at interacting with their peers.

Authoritarian Parenting Style:

Similar in name with the authoritative, this parenting style is different; it refers to high demand but low response approach. Parents with this style expect high standards with blind obedience and stern discipline from the child. Children remain unhappy and less independent in general. They remain insecure, with lower self-esteem, and have behavior problems. Their performance in school is poor with inferior social skills.

While this parenting style may result in emotional and psychological abuse, mental issues in these children remain prominent.

Permissive Parenting Style:

This parenting style involves low demand and high responsiveness. These children have few boundaries because parents don’t enforce them. The children receive care and leniency. The children raised with this parenting style are not disciplined as they cannot follow rules, have little self-control, and have issues in social interaction. They tend to become egocentric; abuse in this style does occur.

Neglectful Parenting:

When the parents remain in low demand and responsiveness, they tend to neglect their children. This is a serious form of abuse the children suffer throughout their life. Parents with this style keep no firm boundaries or standards which may lead to indifference to needs, mental and physical abuse and un-involved parents. The children are impulsive, addictive, have a mental disorder with unregulated emotions, and may display suicidal behavior.

Both neglectful and authoritarian styles are harmful. The children suffer mental and physical trauma that occurs because of a lack of attention or force in relationships. In these cases of abuse, the state removes the child from home.

Criminal Defense for Child Abuse:

The local authorities and neighbors may believe that a certain parenting style is incurring harm to the children. This abusive situation may lead to the arrest of the parent(s). A person facing criminal charges for child abuse needs a criminal defense lawyer to refute these charges and assistance in the legal process.

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