The Impact Of Emotional Abuse On A Child

The adverse childhood experiences people suffer as adults as a result of childhood abuse and trauma leads to adverse physical and mental healing with behavioral issues later in life.

The consequences of child abuse in any form can be severe and often persist well into adulthood. A child often believes that they are Redford the abuse and that means they are unloved, unlovable, and unwanted.

Attachment Issues

Emotional abuse can interfere with a child’s ability to form or maintain healthy attachments. Attachment issues in early childhood have been linked to insecure attachments in adulthood. Children also might be at an increased risk for poor peer relations, trouble with intimacy, difficulty with conflict resolution, and aggression.

Behavioral And Social Problems

Emotional abuse in childhood also has been linked to delinquency and sexually aggressive behavior in young adults. Problems at school and with peers are also more common in these children,

Repeating The Cycle Of Abuse

Without appropriate intervention, people who were abused as children can be likely to abuse their children than people who did not experience abuse. While it is more likely to abuse their children few come out of their abused situation feeling like they would never treat another person the way they were treated. Therefore stopping the cycle of abuse with them.

Suicide And Mental Illness

Teens who experience emotional abuse as children are more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety or mood disorders with can persist into adulthood. As well as drug use, children who feel unloved, unlovable and unwanted have a high risk of drug abuse. Which leads to the increased self-harm and suicide.

Societal Harm

Emotional abuse doesn’t just have a negative effect on individuals and families, it also strains society as a whole . The consequences of abuse burden the health and social systems, and is costly because of increased educational failure, and crime.

Emotional abuse leaves life long scars, the duration, severity and age of onset of the abuse as well a lack of personal coping skills.

The emotionally abused will need people in their lives that are supportive and loving to offset the impact that the abuse has caused.

What To Do

Mandated reporters are people who encounter children through their occupation, including child daycare, educators, legal and law enforcement personnel, and medical personnel. These reporters have an obligation to report suspected emotional abuse just as they do physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect.

Even if you are not a mandated reporter and you suspect that a child is being emotionally abused, report it. A child who is experiencing any type of abuse needs to be evaluated and be treated appropriately.

Most children are afraid to say anything, in fear that they will be injured more. If they do get up the courage to tell an adult about the abuse and the adult doesn’t believe the child it can be devastating.

I urge that if you suspect abuse of any kind to stand up and say something. The trauma of a abused child has last effects on them through childhood and beyond. You could end up saving a precious life.

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