Psychological and Emotional Abuse of Children

  • Marla R. Brassard
  • Stuart N. Hart
  • David B. Hardy


Psychological maltreatment is increasingly recognized as a core issue in all forms of child maltreatment and as the unifying concept that connects the cognitive, affective, and interpersonal problems that are related to physical abuse, sexual abuse, and all forms of neglect (Brassard & Gelardo, 1987; Brassard, Germain, & Hart, 1987). It is the repeated pattern of behavior that expresses to children that they are worthless, unwanted, unloved, or only of value in meeting another’s needs that causes the lasting damage to their selves and their psyches.


Child Abuse Physical Abuse Psychological Maltreatment Child Protective Service Emotional Neglect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marla R. Brassard
    • 1
  • Stuart N. Hart
    • 2
  • David B. Hardy
    • 1
  1. 1.Office for the Study of the Psychological Rights of the ChildUniversity of Massachusetts-AmherstAmherstUSA
  2. 2.School of EducationIndiana University-Purdue University at IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA

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