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Child emotional abuse is an aspect of general emotional abuse

Signs of abuse

The interpretation of the signs of emotional abuse must take into account the context. For example, many children are shy and find it difficult to be outgoing and confident, while children with autistic spectrum disorders may present some of the signs and behaviours listed here because of their condition.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the UK have identified the following signs as requiring further profesional investigation

Physical signs

  • a failure to thrive and grow, particularly if the child thrives when away from home
  • delayed development, either physical or emotional.

Behavioural signs