Blog Post #4 – Story Project Research Part 2

In Blog Post #3, I did some research on the first half of my story and today I will be doing research on the second half, which includes the climax, falling action, and resolution.

To begin my research, I will be looking at different kinds of child abuse and what it does to a child because in my story, the main character is constantly being treated unfairly by her parents.

There are many different kinds go child abuse, and they can each affect the child in a different way. First of all, there is physical child abuse. Physical child abuse is when someone physically harms the child in any way, causing bruises, bleeding, or other injuries. Unfortunately, it is found that physical injuries also lead to long-term emotional damage. Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression are the most common consequences of mental child abuse. [2] Mental child abuse (or emotional child abuse) is when someone uses words or actions to intentionally control or frighten the child. Examples of this are putting a child down, humiliating a child, or criticizing a child. [1] Next is childhood trauma. Children who has suffered abuse in the past will have childhood trauma, which is basically like being wounded forever or still being scared of something terrible happening to you even though you are safe. Childhood trauma can cause the child to have trust issues, behaviour issues, communication issues, and relationship issues. To try to escape from their childhood memories, victims of childhood trauma will be prone to becoming aggressive, violent, and uncontrollable when it comes to drugs, alcohol, and suicidal thoughts. They might have difficulty learning or keeping a job. They might even be dealing with anxiety and constant fear. Child abuse can also affect the child’s brain in significant ways. It can affect the child’s brain development and cognitive abilities, as well as giving them difficulties with speech and language. These children may have learning disorders and slowly decreasing the skills and development of the child. Children who are abused and often neglected will be often fearful and have trust issues. They can be seen as insecure, anxious, aggressive, withdrawn, or clingy, since they may have difficulty communicating and maintaining relationships. [1]

What are the signs of child abuse?

All the different signs of child abuse depends on the child’s age and the type of abuse they are suffering from. Some signs are external, but some are internal and you can hardly tell that they child is being abused. Remember, just because a child does not show any signs or symptoms doesn’t mean that child is not being abused. These are some of the most common signs a child is being abused:

  • Physical injuries such as belt marks, bite marks, and fractures
  • Withdrawn or clingy behaviour
  • Aggressive or violent behaviour
  • Sudden change in behaviour
  • Risk-taking behaviours
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Repetitive movements such as rocking, sucking, or biting
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Bed-wetting
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Distrust or fear of adults
  • Hurting other children or animals
  • Difficulty communicating with others
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Loss of interest in hobbies they were once interested in
  • Eating disorders
  • Learning difficulty
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships with friends and family [1]

One more thing I am going to look into today is “Do actors need a talent agent to find a role in a show or movie?”

A talent agent is someone who looks for and finds jobs and roles for the actors, writers,  models, and filmmakers. Also, the agent’s job is to defend and support the interests of their client. However, a talent agent is not required when stepping into the acting world. In fact, many of the world’s best and most famous actors and actresses began their career without a talent agent. Even so, it is important to remember that a talent agent is paid usually 10% of the actor’s earnings after they have gotten a job. [3]



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