Childhood Emotional Abuse

  title={Childhood Emotional Abuse},
  author={Anne E. Thompson and Carole Ann Kaplan},
  journal={British Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={143 - 148}
Background The assessment and management of childhood emotional abuse is of increasing importance in psychiatric practice. At present there are no consensus views about the definition of emotional abuse and information from research is limited. Method Information about emotional abuse from the medical, psychological, social science and legal literature is summarised. Definitions and proposed mechanisms of damage are discussed. Current research data and an overview of childhood and adult… 
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