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Spring 2019


Moral development is a topic which has little research to accompany it. Although there is a lack of understanding of where and how children develop morals, there is clear evidence to support that abuse in any form against a child will impact the way they learn morality. Children who experience abuse will face the physical, emotional, and mental impacts which will all contribute to the way they develop. Children also learn behaviors and ideas from caretakers and when those who are supposed to protect them do not, children will become disordered on the ideas of right and wrong. Childhood is a unique and important time for the brain to absorb and form new ideas, but without a safe environment for children to grow and learn their brain will not mature to its full potential.


OVC220 - Violence Against Children, Dr. Scott Moeschberger