Psychological abuse is beating kids up maybe more than physical abuse according to some experts. Some times it amazes me and the thought …duh… comes to mind because it makes natural sense that since physical abuse is the tail end of abuse that before that is mental, emotional and psychological abuse.
It’s like water coming out of the faucet before it got to the faucet it had to flow from somewhere else.
CBS News reported…
Psychological Abuse Is Beating Kids Up
A clinical report from child abuse experts, published July 30 in Pediatrics, says that psychological abuse can be as damaging to a young child’s physical, mental and emotional health as some forms of physical abuse. What’s more, such abuse is often under-reported and hard to detect since there are no visible abrasions or bruises, the researchers said, making it potentially the most prevalent form of child abuse and neglect.
While psychological abuse was recognized over 25 years ago, the researchers said few studies have looked at the rates of psychological abuse. Previous studies suggest about 8 to 9 percent of women and 4 percent of men in the U.S. and Britain said they suffered from severe psychological abuse in childhood.
According to the report’s authors, psychological abuse may include acts like belittling, denigrating, terrorizing, exploiting, being emotionally unresponsive or corrupting a child to the point his or her well-being is at risk. It can also include withholding love, having unrealistic expectations or forcing the child to participate in dangerous situations. Examples may include a mother leaving her infant alone in a crib all day or a father involving his teenager in his drug habit. While a parent raising their voice for the eighth time to get a child to put on their shoes wouldn’t be abuse, yelling at the child and telling them that they are a terrible person daily would be.
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What is needed for both the psychologically abused as well as the abuser are tools they can use to remove the charge off of emotions. These tools are self applicable and inexpensive to free.