Child Abuse: Emotional Abuse by Parents
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The behavior of an emotionally abusive parent or caregiver does not support a child's healthy development and well-being-instead, it creates an environment of fear, hostility, or anxiety. A child is sensitive to the feeling, opinions, and actions of his or her parents. Emotionally harmful attitudes may include the following.
This behavior often includes rejecting the child by:
Emotionally abusive parents say things or convey feelings that can hurt a child deeply. Common examples include:
Some emotionally abusive parents place ill-advised or impossibly difficult expectations on their children, such as:
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
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