Alyx E. Ballenger, Lauren M. Clark, Margaret Q. Corrigan, Tyler J. Craport, Lucy M. Frey, Erin B. Hamlin


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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Child abuse is a significant problem in the lives of many children today. Even after the abuse has taken place, these children have to live their lives with the long term effects that result from the abuse in which they were involved. The severity of these effects may differ depending on the type of abuse and the time span during which it occurred. Many types of child abuse are considered when looking at the long term effects for victims. For example, the long term effects of child abuse from a mother can differ from the long term effects from other abusers. Other focuses of this project will involve how long term effects of child abuse will affect future interpersonal relationships, as well as the long term effects of sexual abuse from both within and outside of the child's family. It will also focus on the positive and negative effects of the foster care system and how it can either support or fail to support children as they undergo the physical, psychological, and emotional transitions. Finally, this presentation aims to capture how the effects of child abuse in the United States parallels that of different countries, namely child soldiers in Africa. We have concluded that the long term effect of child abuse can be decreased by better training professionals and parents on the signs of child abuse to promote early detection as well as improving the supports to children in the foster care system to better serve the children's unique needs.

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Course Project

Primary Advisor

Shawn A. Cassiman

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


Stander Symposium project

Research exercise: After the Abuse