What are the signs of emotional child abuse?
It is never easy to link the physical signs of an emotionally abused child to a direct cause of negative verbal and psychological treatment. Signs of emotional abuse in children and young people can manifest in many ways.
Below are a few.
Emotional Child Indicators:
Low self-confidence/poor self-image, withdrawn and detached (difficulty forming relationships).
Unable in trust/fearful, low empathy.
Anxious and depressed.
Uninterested / low perseverance, delayed emotionally, socially and/or academically.
Frightened for no obvious reasons, feelings of shame and guilt.
You can also find that the child is
avoiding eye contact.
suffers from sleep, speech disorders and demonstrates compulsions, obsessions, phobias, hysterical outbursts.
inappropriately aggressive, destructive or cruel to others and often says negative statements about himself/herself.
does not participate in activities or experiences.
Older children may begin to use alcohol or abuse drugs. Some may also try to find comfort with strangers and end up illegal sex activities.
Care giver or parent (adult) Indicators
Treat children from the same family differently.
Finds nothing good or positive in the child.
Blames child for everything, and belittles the child.
Is cold and rejecting and not easily approachable.
Not bothered much about the child’s problems.