Research Finds Emotional Abuse Is As Destructive As Physical Abuse To Children

This is the most comprehensive information I’ve read about the devastation of emotional child abuse in one post. It’s a bit long, but well worth the read if you want to learn more about emotional child abuse in children. Let me know what you think.

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SOURCE:  LAURETTA ZUCCHETTI/Lifehack

It’s widely known that physical child abuse has long-lasting and far-reaching consequences for people, from post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression to toxic relationships.What few realize is that emotional abuse in children can be as damaging and insidious as physical violence.

Recent research demonstrates that emotional maltreatment destroys a child as thoroughly as physical harm.Utilizing data from a previous study, David Vachon concluded that “although some people assume physical abuse is more harmful than other types of abuse, we found that they are associated with similar consequences.” A pair of doctors at the University of Minnesota and the University of Rochester validated the study, finding, through working at a summer camp for low-income families, that different types of abuse share “equivalent, broad, and universal effects.”

What is emotional abuse, and how can it be identified?

Child abuse falls primarily into three categories: Physical, sexual, and emotional…

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