Child Abuse 4: Emotional Abuse

Often not reported due to the insufficient amount of physical evidence or indicators, emotional abuse is exceptionally destructive to a child’s well-being. Emotional abuse has a intricate and alternating definition, but is generally defined as a pattern of punishment or exploitation by parents or caretakers that can severely interfere with a child’s cognitive, emotional, psychological or social development. The effects of emotional abuse last a lifetime, therefore we must take this classification of abuse much more seriously. Emotional child abuse can come from adults such as teachers, coaches, parents or caretakers as well as from other children. Parents or caretakers may verbally assault a child through undeviating hurtful verbal communication. This can include belittling, shaming, ridiculing, threatening, and name calling. Countless times the parent is physically there, but emotionally unavailable. They may not assert endearment or even acknowledge the child’s presence. Some people are not characteristically expressive, but parents and caretakers need to know how crucial it is for them to show affection to their child and to provide their utmost attention and interest in them. Emotional abuse leaves concealed wounds that externalize themselves in many different ways. Emotional abuse can restrain a child’s mental development, such as their intelligence and memory. A child should be able to comprehend and communicate a range of emotions as they grow older, but emotional abuse can hinder a child’s emotional development, including their ability to feel and assert a full range of emotions accordingly, and to control their emotions. Insecurity, insufficient self-esteem, detrimental behavior, delinquency, withdrawal, inadequate development of essential skills, alcohol or drug abuse, suicide and difficulty developing relationships can all be possible consequences of emotional abuse.childabuse

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