Behavioral Indicators in Children
- Habit disorders such as biting, rocking, head-banging, or thumb-sucking in an older child.
- Daytime anxiety and unrealistic fears.
- Withdrawal and anti-social behaviors.
- Poor relationships with children of own age.
- Defiant behavior.
- Behavioral extremes - aggressive or passive, inappropriately adult-like or infantile,
rigid or overly impulsive behavior.
- Lack of creativity and healthy exploration - seems not to know how to play.
- Apathetic - seems indifferent and listless.
- Daydreaming frequently, over-fantasizes, seems removed from reality.
- Irrational and persistent fears, dreads, or hatreds.
- Sleep problems, nightmares.
- Appearing to get pleasure from hurting other children, adults or animals,
appearing to get pleasure from being mistreated.
- Developmental lags.
- Suicide attempts.
Behavioral Indicators in Caretaker
- belittling the child so he is made to feel he can do nothing right
- criticizing the child harshly
- treating the child coldly, not showing affection
- treating the child differently from other children in the household.
- taking little or no interest in the child, or his/her activities and seeming not to care
about the child's problems.
- blaming the child for things over which he/she has no control
- using the child as a scapegoat when things go wrong
- ridiculing and shaming the child
- threatening the child's safety and health
- destroying the child's possessions.
- cutting the child off from normal social experiences
- attempting to prevent the child from forming friendships and attachments.
- teaching the child socially deviant patterns of behavior (demanding and/or rewarding
aggression, stealing, or other delinquent acts, or sexually precocious behavior)
- allowing or encouraging substance abuse.