n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Knowing more about emotional child abuse

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



Emotional abuse or psychological abuse as it is often referred to constitutes a dilemma for any professional in the field of child health. Most would agree that its prevalence is probably much higher than is generally admitted to. The problem however lies in the inconspicuous nature of it. It is often overlooked and under-diagnosed. It seems that the field still lacks a coherent, clear index on the clinical signs and symptoms. The protocol on how to handle and treat such cases is also vague. The article provides a brief review of the literature and research on emotional abuse and makes recommendations for the future.

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