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NCJ Number: 155550 Find in a Library
Title: Emotional and Psychological Abuse: Problems of Definition
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1995)  Pages:449-461
Author(s): K P O'Hagan
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 13
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper explores the origins of the tendency in child protection literature to regard as synonymous emotional abuse and psychological abuse. The author provides an alternative view, that the terms are not synonymous and there should be different definitions for each.
Abstract: Emotional abuse and psychological abuse are not the same, but they are not entirely separate experiences; it is highly probable that the perpetrator who is abusing a child in one manner will to some extent also be abusing the child in the other. The author defines psychological abuse in terms of what it is and what it does: the sustained, repetitive, inappropriate behavior which damages or substantially reduces the creative and developmental potential of crucially important mental faculties and mental processes of a child, including intelligence, memory, recognition, perception, attention, imagination, and moral development. Emotional abuse impairs the emotional life and impedes emotional development; psychological abuse impairs the mental life and impedes mental development. The definitions in this paper help to stress that it is not just parents or other caregivers who emotionally and psychologically abuse children: wars, famines, slavery, civil strife, and professional childcare workers are also sources of abuse. References
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Crimes against children; Criminology; Emotional Abuse/Harm; Emotional disorders; Juveniles; Psychological theories
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