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The behavior of an emotionally abusive parent or caregiver does not
support a child's healthy development and well-being—instead, it creates an
environment of fear, hostility, or anxiety. A child is sensitive to the
feeling, opinions, and actions of his or her parents. Emotionally harmful
attitudes may include the following.
This behavior often includes rejecting the child by:
Emotionally abusive parents say things or convey feelings that can
hurt a child deeply. Common examples include:
Some emotionally abusive parents place ill-advised or impossibly
difficult expectations on their children, such as:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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