Understanding Why Parents Torture their Children

The New York Times yesterday reported a case in California where 13 children were being held captive by their own parents. The Times also noted that this is not the first case of its kind as there are others that came before. For instance, there are cases where children have been locked in basements and closets by people who are supposed to protect them. However, this has been facilitated by a number of reasons such as extreme religious convictions from their parents. In other cases, the parents may be under the influence of drugs. This could also be propelled by personality disorders and the past of these parents. Some of the parents might also have suffered from abuse when they were young. Following the story, a number of trauma experts have spoken about the issue. They have assured people who have suffered from such abuses that they can recover. The experts also said that these victims stand a chance of reclaiming their lost lives. This is something that was encouraged by National Center for Child Traumatic Stress disorder co-director John A. Fairbank. He told news reporters that there are proven treatments that can be used to help the affected children.

Other than being a co-director at the institution, Dr. Fairbank works at Duke University as a professor of behavioral and psychiatry sciences. He says that good results have been realized in a short period. This has been made possible by something called cognitive behavioral therapy. For starters, this is a study that was developed 30 years ago by psychologists. However, application of the procedure has gained popularity in the last 15 years. Psychologists who spoke about the California case have said that the children might have a significant hurdle moving on from the situation as they captured by people who should have protected them. These are the words that were echoed by Priscilla Dass-Brailsford. Other than being a psychologist, Ms. Dass works as an adjunct professor at the prestigious Georgetown University in Washington. She says that family and parents form the biggest and the strongest support structure when growing up. This is something that was echoed by experts who were interviewed about the case. However, they didn’t have prior knowledge about the California case. They said that children expect parents to protect them and not to be the aggressors. A Los Angeles psychologist known as Nora J. Baladerian says that when children are tortured by their parents, they feel more hopeless and helpless.