Emotional Abuse of Children
By Leah Davies, M.Ed.
Emotional abuse is commonly defined as systematic attacks on a child's emotional well-being and sense of self-worth. It is based on power and control and often accompanies other forms of abuse. Emotional abuse is the most challenging form of child maltreatment to identify and stop. Since it is difficult to detect, assess and substantiate, many cases go unreported. Yet, emotional abuse leaves deep, hidden scars in children that can impede their intellectual, social and emotional development. Educators need to be informed about emotional abuse and steps need to be taken if abuse is suspected.
For additional information concerning what to do if abuse is suspected,
see Helping the Sexually
Abused Child in
the Teacher & Counselor Ideas at www.kellybear.com.
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