Is there such a thing as mental child abuse?

Is there such a thing as mental child abuse? Topic: Is there such a thing as mental child abuse?
June 18, 2019 / By Afrikah
Question: I'm researching a paper on child abuse and I was wondering if there was such a thing. Like, let's say, the parent or parents intentionally put down the child and make fun of the child forcing morbid thoughts into the child's head, making them want to intentionally end their life. Is this just called life, or is there such a classification as mental child abuse? Also, take into consideration that there are tons of adolescents out there who suffer from depression. Let's say a child has depression, has intentionally hurt themselves and has attempted suicide. They parents know of this, yell at the child, demand work be done (to let's say clean house, do dishes, etc) but no help is provided in helping this child recover. The parents don't talk to the child so the child seeks love and affection elsewhere. Let's say this child is a girl and becomes sexually active to get that love and affection the family lacks. This causes feelings of remorse and self hate, simply because the parents didn't provide the necessary warmth and comfort every family needs... (It can go so much more into depth. This is just an example) (Calling child selfish, mean, stupid. And knowing that the child has cut their wrists, making rude jokes and comments about that past like "Yeah, for Christmas, let's get her a set of knives.." ) The reason I had to ask on yahoo answers was because I had five minutes to spare in my latin class. I have no library that I can go to..I have no ride for afterschool. Please, if you just want to degrade me, don't comment...That's what yahoo answers is for anyways...
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Tiarnach Tiarnach | 7 days ago
Sure there is. As you mentioned, constantly putting the child down or telling the child things like "You're stupid" or "You'll never amount to anything" constitutes mental abuse. Ditto that for forcing unnatural or morbid thoughts into the head of a child. Children are very impressionable, and they listen to their parents more than anyone else (even though people with teenagers would disagree with that statement), so a parent has the ability to harm a child simply through what they say -- or how they say it -- to a child. I went to school with a guy who was small compared to his two football-player brothers, and his father called him a "sissy-boy" from the time he was little until he graduated college and left home. He eventually decided he was gay. have to wonder...
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Tiarnach Originally Answered: Questionable child abuse?
Depending if she talked back when she was drug out of her room, I use to get that alot growing up- even worse. It's really a question of matter did she cause this to happen or was she just sitting there? Either way for bruises to show- that's no way to treat your daughter. It really sucks, I was there and it's hard having no one to look up to so if it's a friend- try to be as understanding and just "be there" for her whenever you can. Luckily I use to have a neighbor friend I could run away too. . but not anymore. That's all I'm sure she could ask for, maybe even a protection from abuse (PFA) Order could be in affect, I did that and now my father treats me a hell of alot better than he use to since I had to move back home (ex broke up with me and said I deserved it). Please, just be there for her when she calls~

Radclyffe Radclyffe
My step father is very manipulative; fortunately, I do not live with him any longer. He does small things such as, making it seem like he is better than everyone else, he gets people to trust him and then he will use them, and he hates it when he does not get his way. He is extremely OCD, and everything must be a certain way and if it is not, he will have a fit. He never made me feel bad about myself by telling me that I am awful or that I will never amount to anything, he just manipulated me, forcing me to act badly and when my mother saw that she became very upset. Everyone who knows him has to walk on eggshells around him. The things he does are just so subtle and you can not tell what it going on. The only way you can is if you spend time away from him and then see him again. I suppose I didn't answer your question but I hope I helped a little.
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March March
There is psychological abuse and where it can be proved it is a crime . It is a hard one to prove though because where does gentle teasing and general fooling around cross the line into abusive behaviour ? Usually for it to be proven to be abusive there are other physical or sexual abuse along with it.A strict parent is not necessarily abusive because part of the job description for a parent involves setting boundaries,issuing punishment,saying no .A very laid back parent could be causing psychological harm by not being strict enough . It is a fine line all parents walk and we must be careful not to cross it.
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Jericho Jericho
There is such thing as this. There are MANY different types of abuse. I remember my step dad said that I am a loser and so is my whole family. That still stuck with me many MANY years afterwards.
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Gideon Gideon
Yes it is , my stepdad his horrific about me, he calls me all sorts of things which make me cry!! & yeah, times I've wanted to end my life too. So i'd say yes! definatley.
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Don Don
Of course! I sure as hell blame my father's side comments for my years of anorexia and BDD agonies.
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Don Originally Answered: 5 min speech on child abuse?
Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional mistreatment or neglect of a child or children. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department for Children And Families (DCF) define child maltreatment as any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. Child abuse can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. There are four major categories of child abuse: neglect, physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Different jurisdictions have developed their own definitions of what constitutes child abuse for the purposes of removing a child from his/her family and/or prosecuting a criminal charge. According to the Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect, child abuse is "any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm Child abuse can take several forms: The four main types are physical, sexual, psychological, and neglect. Child abuse is a complex phenomenon with multiple causes. Understanding the causes of abuse is crucial to addressing the problem of child abuse. Parents who physically abuse their spouses are more likely than others to physically abuse their children. However, it is impossible to know whether marital strife is a cause of child abuse, or if both the marital strife and the abuse are caused by tendencies in the abuse There are strong associations between exposure to child abuse in all its forms and higher rates of many chronic conditions. The strongest evidence comes from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) series of studies which show correlations between exposure to abuse or neglect and higher rates in adulthood of chronic conditions, high-risk health behaviors and shortened lifespan. A recent publication, Hidden Costs in Health Care: The Economic Impact of Violence and Abuse, makes the case that such exposure represents a serious and costly public-health issue that should be addressed by the healthcare system. Child abuse is a major life stressor that has consequences involving the mental health of an adult but, the majority of studies examining the negative consequences of abuse have been focused on adolescences and young adults.[citation needed] It has been identified that childhood sexual abuse is a risk factor for the development of substance-related problems during adolescence and adulthood.[citation needed] The early experiences of child abuse can trigger the development of an internalizing disorder, such as anxiety and depression. For example, adults with a history of some form of child abuse, whether sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect, have more chances of developing depression than an adult who has never been abused. Children who have a history of neglect or physical abuse are at risk of developing psychiatric problems,or a disorganized attachment style.Disorganized attachment is associated with a number of developmental problems, including dissociative symptoms, as well as anxiety, depressive, and acting out symptoms. A study by Dante Cicchetti found that 80% of abused and maltreated infants exhibited symptoms of disorganized attachment.When some of these children become parents, especially if they suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dissociative symptoms, and other sequelae of child abuse, they may encounter difficulty when faced with their infant and young children's needs and normative distress, which may in turn lead to adverse consequences for their child's social-emotional development. Despite these potential difficulties, psychosocial intervention can be effective, at least in some cases, in changing the ways maltreated parents think about their young children. A support-group structure is needed to reinforce parenting skills and closely monitor the child's well-being. Visiting home nurse or social-worker visits are also required to observe and evaluate the progress of the child and his/her caretaking situation. The support-group structure and visiting home nurse or social-worker visits are not mutually exclusive. Many studies have demonstrated that the two measures must be coupled together for the best possible outcome. Children's school programs regarding "good touch...bad touch" can provide children with a forum in which to role-play and learn to avoid potentially harmful scenarios.

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