Indicators of a Parent Committing Emotional Maltreatment

In the family where emotional maltreatment is occurring, the maltreating adult may:

  • act irrationally or appear to be out of touch with reality
  • be deeply depressed
  • exhibit extreme mood swings
  • constantly belittle the child or describe the child in terms such as “bad,” “different,” or “stupid”
  • be cruel or sadistic
  • be ambivalent toward the child
  • expect behavior that is inappropriate to the child’s age or developmental capabilities
  • consistently shame the child
  • threaten the child with the withdrawal of love, food, shelter, or clothing
  • consistently threaten the child’s health or safety
  • reject the child or discriminate among children in the family
  • be involved in criminal activities
  • use bizarre or extreme methods of punishment
  • avoid contact with the child, seldom touching, holding, or caressing him/her
  • avoid looking or smiling at the child
  • be overly strict or rigid
  • torture the child physically
  • abuse or neglect the child
  • have been abused or neglected himself
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