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  1. Introduction
  2. Child abuse
  3. Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
  4. Social learning theory
  5. Conclusion

The topic, which is always under discussion and attracts the attention of scientists of different fields of investigation, is child abuse. According to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA):
Child abuse is 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 (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2011).

There are many causes of it and many theories concerning such a problem. All of them try to find reasons of such a problem to solve it. However, in spite of a great many theories, there is no perfect and unique one. All of them are common, but not all suit a definite single situation of child abuse.

Investigating the problem of child abuse, it is very important to determine different causes, which lead to such a problem. They include the mental illness of parents, the result of long violence targeting the caregiver, the promotion of physical violence in society, and social stress affecting the family (E. Newberger, C. Newberger, & Hampton, 1983). It is necessary to note six modern theories, which investigate the root causes of child abuse. They are social learning, attachment, ecological, family systems, self-efficacy, and resilience theories (E Diane Champe Institute, 2013).

According to the social learning theory, behavior is investigated with the help of two methods, such as instrumental learning and modeling. Therefore, it means that abused children continue having their abusive way of treatment in their adulthood. It is like a ?cycle of violence? (E Diane Champe Institute, 2013). According to the results of such a theory, it is important to note that about thirty percent of abused children ill-treat their future children and may have criminal behavior. Developers of such a theory try to prevent these actions and teach their children how to create and develop appropriate relationships with the family.

[...] Retrieved from: https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/define.p df E Diane Champe Institute. (2013). Research theories about child abuse. Retrieved from: https://www.edcinstitute.org/we-are-survivors/research- theories-about-child-abuse.html Newberger, E. H., Newberger, C. M., & Hampton, R. L. (1983). Child abuse: The current theory base and future research needs. Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry 262-268. [...]


[...] It is necessary to note six modern theories, which investigate the root causes of child abuse. They are social learning, attachment, ecological, family systems, self-efficacy, and resilience theories Diane Champe Institute, 2013). According to the social learning theory, behavior is investigated with the help of two methods, such as instrumental learning and modeling. Therefore, it means that abused children continue having their abusive way of treatment in their adulthood. It is like a ?cycle of violence? Diane Champe Institute, 2013). [...]

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