More than words: The Emotional Maltreatment of Children

Andrew M. Campbell, Roberta Hibbard

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Emotional maltreatment may be the most complex, prevalent, and damaging form of child maltreatment and can occur simultaneously with other forms of abuse. Children in the first few years of life seem to be at the greatest risk of suffering the most negative outcomes. Medical professionals can help identify and protect victims of emotional maltreatment by carefully observing caregiver-child interactions, paying attention to a family's social history, making referrals to community or counseling programs when necessary, and reporting any suspicions of maltreatment to Child Protective Services. A well-coordinated, multidisciplinary response must be enacted whenever emotional maltreatment is suspected or reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)959-970
Number of pages12
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Child abuse
  • Child maltreatment
  • Domestic violence
  • Emotional abuse
  • Emotional maltreatment
  • Psychological abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)

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