Child mareatment takes many forms, including physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, and emotional or physical
neglect. In the United States, between 2.7 and 3.6 million cases of child mareatment are reported, and approximately 800,000 cases are substantiated each year. Substantiated mareatment harms one in every 90 children between the ages and 2 and 5 years of age annually.
Ahough certain cuural conditions and values–poverty and social isolation among them–are almost universally harmful, some practices that are considered mareatment in one cuure or in one time period are acceptable in others.
How can one reconcile their own personal beliefs or attitudes about raising children when they encounter behaviors that are considered mareatment in the United States, but perceived as acceptable in other cuures?