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Unified Journal of Psychology and Counselling

February 2018 Vol 1(1), pp. 001-014

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Original Research Paper

Counselling Psychology Perspective of Child Abuse

Hector Chiboola, Ph.D.

Principal Lecturer, Kabwe University P.O Box 80222, Kabwe, Zambia

Corresponding Author's Email: hectorchiboola@yahoo.com

Accepted 15th January, 2018


Abstract


This article was developed based on the qualitative literature search with the intention of exploring some commonly occurring abuses experienced by children in the context of psychosocial counselling from an African perspective. Counselling children is a growing area of interest in contemporary society, especially amongst members of the counselling profession. Developmental psychologists have studied children's growth and development focusing on the effect of childhood experience in adulthood, whereas child psychiatrists have focused on mentally disturbed children. Children with learning or sociobehavioural problems who are not classified as mentally disturbed have been largely overlooked. These represent the target clientele for psychosocial counselling. Therefore, the research question was: What are some commonly occurring abuses experienced by children in the context of psychosocial counselling? The qualitative literature search shows that the commonly occurring abuses of children are: physical abuse, emotional abuse, child sexual abuse, child neglect, child labour, and child exploitation. These abuses pose psychological stresses and conflicts, behavioural challenges, and emotional instability in children. Child abuse is a global phenomenon: it occurs in a variety of types and it is deeply influenced by sociocultural values and practices.

Keywords: child abuse, psychosocial counselling, social psychology, children

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Hector Chiboola, Ph.D. Counselling Psychology Perspective of Child Abuse. Unified Journal of Psychology and Counselling (UJPC). 1(1) 2018 pp. 001-014.




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