A persistent pattern of negative behavior directed at child by a caregiver, which diminishes a child’s integrity and well-being.
A type of abuse in which a caregiver degrades, corrupts, berates, belittles, rejects, threatens, ignores, exploits, assaults, spurns and/or terrorizes a child in a repeated pattern [1, 2]. Emotional abuse may also consist of denial of psychological treatment, extreme verbal punishment, unreasonable expectations, and/or lack of responsiveness. This pattern of behavior from caregivers may adversely affect the child cognitively, emotionally, and socially. A caregiver may make a child feel unloved, flawed, or worthless through name calling and/or scapegoating or may be unconcerned with a child’s troubles [1, 5]. The presence of emotional abuse may adversely affect later development of the child including symptoms of aggression, depression, poor emotional regulation,...
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