Child abuse can be a wide range of acts from physical, to emotional. Every ten seconds, a case of child abuse is reported. In 2015, an estimated amount of 3.6 million cases of child abuse were reported in the United States.
The U.S. has one of the worst records, compared to other nations.
We lose an average of 4-7 children to child abuse and neglect. Many people don’t realize the astounding effects abuse can have on children in the long term. Today I will be explaining the different types of child abuse, how to identify it, and the way it can affect children. One in fourteen children will experience emotional abuse in their lifetime. Emotional abuse is when a person dominates, neglects, or belittles a child into doubting their self worth, dignity, and identity.
Most of the time, emotional abuse occurs for the same reasons as physical abuse. Oftenly, parents who become actively involved with maltreatment, are stressed and do not know how to properly manage it; or that was the way their parents treated them when they were young. So therefore, they take it out on their children. Children who experience verbal aggression regularly show higher rates of physical aggression, delinquency, and interpersonal problems more than other kids. It is harder to identify when a child is emotionally abused because the wounds are left on the inside, rather than the outside. When a child suffers from this type of abuse, the consequences are serious and long term. Research studies show that psychopathological symptoms are more likely to develop in emotionally abused child.
It is usually fairly easy to identify when a child is being emotionally abused because the perpetrator will blame or belittle the child in public, describe the child negatively, have unrealistic expectations, openly admit to disliking or hating the child, threatening the child with severe punishments, or being unsupportive and emotionally cold.