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Summary: A new study has found that emotional abuse is just as harmful as physical and sexual abuse, especially when it comes to impressionable children.

According to a new study, emotional abuse is just as harmful as sexual and physical abuse. But, not many people are talking about how harmful it can be to children.


Emotional abuse, also referred to as psychological abuse, has not laws against it.

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In the video embedded in this post, the host says the following: “And yet the American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s the most challenging and prevalent form of child abuse and neglect.”

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The video talks about the new study and its findings:

“But according to a new study, children who are emotionally abused or neglected can develop similar and sometimes even worse mental health problems than kids who are sexually or physically abused. For this study researchers analyzed data from 5616 children with lifetime histories of physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological maltreatment or some combination thereof. Maltreatment in this case was defined as either abuse or neglect inflicted by a caretaker. So things like bullying, threats, severe insults, isolation etc.

What they found is that a staggering number of children, 62%, had a history of psychological maltreatment. And 24% of the cases they studied were exclusively related to psychological maltreatment. They also found that children who were victims of this kind of maltreatment suffered from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal tendencies at the same rate, and in some cases at an even greater rate, than children who were physically or sexually abused.”

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