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Emotional Abuse
Physical Indicators
Emotional Neglect - A chronic failure by the caretaker to provide the child with the support and affection necessary to the development of a sound and healthy personality.

Emotional Abuse - A chronic attitude or acts of a caretaker which are detrimental to the child's development of a sound and healthy personality.

Physical Indicators
  • Eating disorders - bulimia, anorexia nervosa, extreme obesity.
  • Elimination problems - extreme constipation, constant vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Speech disorders, stuttering.

Behavioral Indicators

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


1. Rejecting:
- 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.

2. Ignoring:
- taking little or no interest in the child, or his/her activities and seeming not to care
about the child's problems.


3. Terrorizing:
- 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.


4. Isolating:
- cutting the child off from normal social experiences
- attempting to prevent the child from forming friendships and attachments.


5. Corrupting:
- 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.


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