Words Hurt: Emotional & Verbal Abuse Are as Damaging to Kids as Physical Abuse by Donna John

Words Hurt: Emotional & Verbal Abuse Are as Damaging to Kids as Physical Abuse

Think emotional and verbal abuse are not as damaging to kids as physical abuse? Think again. Both are equally damaging, according to a report in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Researchers studied almost 2,300 kids in a low-income summer camp, and of those kids about half had been abused. They found that kids with a history of abuse had higher rates of:

  • anxiety
  • withdrawal
  • depression 
  • neuroticism 

This was compared with campers that weren’t abused, regardless of type or severity of abuse. Results were similar regardless of sex or race.

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