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 Psychological abuse


Psychological abuse is repeatedly treating and speaking to a child in ways that damage the child’s perceptions, memory, self esteem, moral development and intelligence. Some examples are:

  • constantly belittling, shaming and humiliating a child
  • calling the child names to minimise their self-worth
  • threatening a child
  • keeping a child isolated from other people or friends
  • constantly ignoring a child
  • encouraging a child to act inappropriately.

Possible signs of psychological abuse include when a child:

  • feels worthless, unloved, unwanted
  • feels dumb
  • has difficulties remembering or recognising information
  • has difficulties paying attention
  • has difficulty knowing what actions are right or wrong
  • is highly anxious.

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