What constitutes psychological abuse?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
What constitutes psychological abuse?
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 9:31am

According to a recent study described in Health Day News, mental abuse may leave life-long scars. "Constantly belittling, threatening or ignoring children can be as damaging to their mental health as physical or sexual abuse, according to a new report from a pediatricians' group.

But, with no bruises to spot, pediatricians, teachers and family members may have trouble recognizing these and other forms of psychological abuse. Not only are there no obvious physical scars, there is no universally agreed-upon definition of what constitutes psychological maltreatment of children, and a fine line can exist between not-so-great parenting and outright abuse, experts say." MORE 

How would you define mental abuse? Would you recognize it in a child? How?

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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 10:05am

I wouldn't know it in a child, but I think I would recognize it if I saw it in action...

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Registered: 01-23-2012
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 1:25pm

I would consider mental abuse to be anything that makes a child feel less than they are. I've seen children who feel like they are useless with extremely low self esteem... and most of the time, it's because someone has drilled into their head that they are pathetic or lacking in some way. It's heartbreaking.