What Is Emotional Abuse by Parents?

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC), child abuse and neglect are entirely too common in the United States, with one in seven children being a victim. While any child can be a victim of emotional abuse, the CDC notes that children living in poverty are in greater danger of abuse. 

 While emotional abuse does not leave scrapes or bruises, it can leave severe emotional scars and be just as damaging to a child as physical or sexual abuse. though, because it does not leave physical marks, it can be harder to recognize and tougher to prove, so people and law enforcement authorities may be less likely to intervene and help the child. 

However, it is important to note that child abuse by parents or legal guardians of children below the legal of eighteen is a crime, punishable under the Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. 

 Types of Emotional Abuse by Parents 

  • These are some of the types of emotional abuse children may experience from their parents 

  • Blaming the child for adult problems 

  • Constantly criticizing the child 

  • Dismissing the child’s Emotions 

  • Rejecting the child repeatedly 

  • Deliberately causing the child emotional pain 

  • Ridiculing the child or mocking them 

  • Humiliating or publicly shaming the juvenile 

  • Talking down to the child 

  • Calling the juvenile's names 

  • Getting angry at the child oft 

  • Yelling or swearing at the child 

  • Threatening to abandon the child 

  • Threatening to harm the child or their family members, buddies, or pets 

  • Intimidating or spooking the child 

  • Coercing or manipulating the child 

  • Gas lighting the child 

 again and again, harassing or picking on the child 

  • Ignoring the child or using silence to control their behaviour 

 Withholding love, support, and guidance 

  • Neglecting to care for the child and their requirements 

  • Allowing the child to witness domestic violence and abuse 

 Emotional abuse can be perpetuated in person or online, through Message messages, emails, social networks, and other digital applications or platforms. 

 Signs of Emotional Abuse 

 These are some common signs that a child might be experiencing abuse 

 Sudden changes in behaviour or academic performance 

 Watchful demeanour, as however waiting for something bad to be 

 unease around certain people 

  • A tendency to avoid being around certain human- beings 

  • Withdrawn or unresponsive demeanour 

  • Overly passive or compliant behaviour 

  • Early arrival and late departure from the academy or other activities 

  • Reluctance to go home 

  • Lack of adult supervision 

  • Emotional distress or agitation 

  • Aggression or rage 

These are some of the signs of emotionally abusive parents 

  • Denying that there are any problems at home or academy 

  • Telling schoolteachers and other caregivers to discipline the child brutally if they misbehave 

  • Rarely touching the child or showing affection 

  • Stating that they do not like the child 

  • Describing the child as a burden 

  • Showing little concern for the child and refusing others ’ help 

  • Demanding academic results and sporting performances the child can not achieve 

  • Berating the child in front of their buddies, schoolteachers, or neighbours 

 Impact of Emotional Abuse By Parents 

 Cognitive difficulties, similar to difficulty paying attention, learning, and remembering  Academic issues, similar to lower attendance in the academy, poor academic performance, and disciplinary issues 

 Mental health conditions, similar to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder( PTSD), and low self-esteem 

 Emotional difficulties, including difficulty interpreting, communicating, processing, and regulating feelings 

 Substance uses, similar to alcohol, nicotine, or Heavy drugs at an early age 

Behavioural issues, similar to acting out, behaving bizarrely, or trying hard to please others 

 Changes in weight and appetite, which could result in eating disorders, nutrition deficiencies, and malnourishment 

 Sleep issues, similar to wakefulness or nightmares 

 Physical aches and pains, that have no other discernible cause and don't seem to get better with treatment 

Career issues, as a result of lower educational attainment, limited employment opportunities, and an increased danger of delinquency 

 Relationship issues, due to mainly unhealthy dynamics being modelled 

 Children who have been emotionally abused are more likely to be abusive to others or to seek out vituperative people, because this is the relationship dynamic they grew up with. Therefore, they may eventually become victims or perpetrators of abuse in the future. This is known as the intergenerational cycle of violence.

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