Child abuse, emotional: Emotional child abuse is the third most frequently reported form of child abuse (after child neglect and physical child abuse), accounting 17% of all cases of child abuse.
It is likely that emotional child abuse is greatly underreported, since it can be difficult to detect and difficult to document.
Emotional child abuse includes acts of commission or omission by the parents and other caregivers that could cause the child to have serious behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders. In some instances of emotional child abuse, the acts of parents or other caregivers alone, without any harm yet evident in the child's behavior or condition, are sufficient to warrant the intervention of child protective services. For example, the parents/caregivers may use extreme or bizarre forms of punishment, such as confinement of a child in a dark closet.
Emotional child abuse is also sometimes termed psychological child abuse, verbal child abuse, or mental injury of a child.
Coalition for Children . Emotional Abuse. Emotional abuse is a pattern of behavior that attacks a child's emotional development and sense of self-worth.
Emotional abuse is more than just verbal abuse. It is an attack on a child\'s emotional and social development, and is a basic threat to healthy human development.
Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse might be the most visible sign, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse or child neglect ...
The cornerstone of abuses, emotional child abuse is always present when there is neglect, physical &/or sexual abuse. It can also stand on its own.
Emotional abuse of children can lead, in adulthood, to addiction, rage, a severely damaged sense of self and an inability to truly bond with others.