Multimodal Project Transformation

My project is meant to appeal to my peers and young adults. Since my research revolved around emotional child abuse I felt my peers were an important audience to reach out to. Getting them aware of this issue will hopefully drop the number of cases of child abuse. Since emotional child abuse isn’t spoken of often, I hoped for this to reach kids, that will later have kids of their own, so they are able to change the way we speak and treat children. I emphasized the importance of this issue and how damaging it is. Even the subtle cases are very damaging to a child’s development.

The center painting was the most noticeable in the project. It represents a parent taking away part of the child’s heart, or well-being. This shows how damaging it can be, and in the background I included what is considered to be emotional child abuse, in words. I felt this was the most important element since it contained everything that’s considered emotional abuse and what people can look out for. The graphs I included where the smallest images in the project. I felt like they were not as important as the rest of the project, but still included them for a reference. I used black, grey, and red in my project. Using red to showcase more important things in the project, like the words in the middle image. And I used red as the background in the image on the right side. The repetition of red shows importance and allows things to stand out. Its eye catching in a black and grey work. It also is usually associated with negative actions and ideas so it fit well with the topic. The font I chose for my project, I felt like it was simple yet interesting. I did not want a distracting font so I chose fonts I felt fit well with the information provided. I had bold font in many places to indicated the most important pieces in the paragraphs provided.

When arranging the images I made sure the bigger, more important piece was center so it was eye catching and allured an audience in to talk about it. I placed the paragraphs with information next to the images it related to. The statics about drugs use was placed next to the image of drugs, and my primary research paragraphs were placed near the graphs. I purposefully included an element for the students to interact with. I asked students to write down some negative things they heard growing up and told them to write as many as they wanted. I wanted this element as a part of the project for a shock aspect to show how often this happens and to show that this is a problem that needs to be addressed and something that needs to be changed. What I noticed was that many students did not want to write on the bear because they felt bad and didn’t want to write down negative things onto the inanimate object that represents the damages caused by this abuse. I also noticed many students were shocked to notice a lot of the words used were repeated and how often they actually hear these damaging words. My overall presentation was a great way to represent my research because it gave a great visual aspect that drew people in, so much so every time I tried to pack up more people came to talk to me and many people took photos of the project; I ended up staying about 15 minutes later because of this. I was happy with the amount of people curious and the questions they had. With how many people came up to me, many people did not want to come and talk to me as well. Many students said they didn’t want to stop and talk about this issue because it would make them sad. This issue is a touchy subject and this issue should not be a happy subject. I wanted people to feel, so they fully understood that this is a problem in need to be fixed.

To include ethos and credibility in my project I included a quote from one of my sources. I also used my own primary research to build the credibility of the presentation. Logos comes in with the way I organized my project. From the way I placed the information and how I incorporated my images. To appeal to the audience I included many aspects of pathos. Considering a lot of people did not want to speak to me because of this touchy subject I feel I succeeded tremendously in this category. The kairos is the relevance and why this matters. This comes from the fact this topic should get spread to this age group, to change to future.


Plans of Transforming

To transform my project into a visual representation I plan to make a painting representing what it feels like to go through emotional abuse. I also included other drawings to represent what effects the type of abuse has on a person. I also will have an autograph bear for the students to write on it with some negative things they have heard growing up for interaction with the student body and for a shock aspect. This will also open the eyes of the students to show that they are not alone and that this happens more often then people would like to think. I feel this will be the best representation because it will catch the attention of the viewers and provoke a conversation that will spread awareness on this subject that isn’t talked about often. Considerations i need to take are sizing, color, font, and information included. since this is a touchy subject, lots of pop of color will not be the best option for this specific paper. Black, grey, and red are my main focus when it comes to the color scheme of the project. I will need to consider how big I will be making the images and how large I would like the font. I would also need to consider how I lay it out for maximum pay off with the information presented in the piece. To create this project I will need to gather semiotic sources such as, glue, construction paper, poster board, and paint.

The Important Findings

Emotional child abuse comes in many different extremes. Not every case of the abuse is an extreme case someone might see on the news. Since emotional child abuse is least talked about many children grow up normalizing the behavior and the case goes undocumented.  Child abuse may include: rejecting, ignoring, shaming, humiliating, terrorizing, isolating, or corrupting. these things cause damage over time and the effects are long lasting and life changing. These effects include; personality disorders, PTSD, dissociate disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, and psychosis. The effects of this kind of abuse attacks the brain, making it harder to identify. emotional abuse is just as damaging and hurt just as much as physical abuse. It’s important to take words and actions into consideration when interacting with a child.

Ethos, Pathos, Logos, Kairos

Ethos is creditably. The credibility in my paper comes from my secondary research section. I cite the articles I used with the information I received from them. Pathos appeal to the emotion. My intro and first sections is full of pathos from personal experiences. The diction used in my research also appeals to the readers emotions because of the language and words used in the paper. Logos is logic in the paper. My paper is set up in a logical flow. Starting with background knowledge, leading into the research sectioned off into the definition of CEA and then explaining the effects. My primary research is also set up logically, starting with introducing the research talking about the first survey, then the second, then comparing the two. the paper gets brought back together with an ending conclusion. Kairos is the relevance of the paper. Emotional child abuse is not talked about often so I wrote this paper to get the word around and talk about how damaging this type of abuse really is. I wanted to get out that child abuse shouldn’t be associated with just physical abuse or neglect. I also wanted to hit home that abuse comes in many forms and many extremes. Not every case is a case of extreme abuse you see in the news or learn about in school. Some abuse comes so subtly that the child normalizes it, yet still suffers through the effects from being abused. The way someone talks and acts around their child effects their overall mental health, which eventually also effects physical health. This paper was written with the intention of letting people know the importance in word choice and how we speak to a child. I also wanted to fully define what it means to emotionally abuse a child so people are aware of their actions and hopefully change the way we speak to one another.

Source #2

In the article “Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect for Adult Survivors” it explains many mental health issues victims may experience after facing the negative actions during their childhood. The author list survivors often suffer with personality disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, and psychosis. During my own research, I found many of the disorders the teens reported to have were anxiety, depression, PTSD, anger issues, personality disorders, and suicidal thoughts. The effects I found and the effects in the article are very similar and correlate with each other.

Discussion of Primary Research

During my primary research I conducted two surveys. I made one for the parents to answer and another one for teens to answer as well to compare the results. I found that the teens and parents view emotional abuse very differently. The parents usually answered that they have never acted in the manner of emotional abuse. While the teens thought the way their parents treated them was damaging. I found this to be very interesting in my research when I compared the results. Many of the teens who answered to suffering through a mental illness also reported that they believe their parents actions factor into the illness. This research helped prove my initial argument of word choice being an important part of a child’s development; when its not taken seriously it can damage and alter the way the individual lives. These teens will have to learn how to cope and deal with the illness that they suffer through for the rest of their life. Many mental illnesses effect a day to day life and can ultimately be very damaging to an individual.

Source #1

During my secondary research I found many interesting sources that gave me a lot of useful information. One article that really helped my research was “Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect for Adult Survivors.” This article gave a lot of negative effects emotional child abuse has on someone throughout their life. It also gave many statistics and explains what victims are more likely to suffer through. It also explains that about 1/3 of survivors tend to have the same parenting habits as their own parents growing up (effects of child abuse). Survivors are 2.5x more likely to have major depression, 6x more likely to have PTSD, 12x more likely to have attempted suicide, 7x more likely to become an alcoholic, 5x more likely to become a drug addict, and 10x more likely to inject drugs (effects of child abuse). I found this fact to be the most interesting because it puts the extremity of the damage caused when a child is emotionally abuse. This gives a number based statistic that’s easier for people to see and understand how damaging and long-lasting the effects of the abuse can be. This source also explained how mental health is closely related to ones physical health, so survivors typically suffer through physical health problems as well. Problems can include, neurological, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal problems (effects of child abuse). This gives an insight on how the abuse can effects ones body as well as the mind. Without mental health there is no health. Mental health falls so closely to physical health, that when ones not mentally healthy they typically don’t feel physically healthy. The stress of the mental health problems can take a toll on someones body, which is what causes the other major health issues. This source was great at showing and elaborating how how serious the effects can be and it shows that these are long-lasting and life changing. 

For more information, or a better understanding I included the article used.