Indicators of the Physical Abuser

In a family where physical abuse is occurring, the abusive adult may:

  • have unrealistically high standards and expectations for himself/his children
  • be rigid or compulsive
  • be hostile and aggressive
  • be impulsive with poor emotional control
  • be authoritative and demanding
  • fear or resent authority
  • lack control or fear losing control
  • be cruel or sadistic
  • be irrational
  • be incapable of child rearing
  • trust no one
  • believe in the necessity of harsh physical discipline
  • accept violence as a viable means of problem resolution
  • have an undue fear of spoiling the child consistently
  • react to the child with impatience or annoyance
  • be overly critical of the child and seldom discuss the child in positive terms
  • lack understanding of the child’s physical and emotional needs
  • lack understanding of the child’s developmental capabilities
  • be reluctant or unable to explain the child’s injuries or condition or give explanations which are farfetched or inconsistent with the injury
  • over or under react to the child’s injury
  • not consent to diagnostic studies of the child
  • have the child treated by a different hospital or physician each time the child needs medical attention
  • fail to keep appointments
  • perceive himself as alone, without friends or support
  • view seeking or accepting help as a weakness
  • be under pressure
  • have an emotionally dependent spouse
  • be engaged in a dominant-passive marital relationship
  • have marital problems
  • have been physically abused himself/herself
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