9 doctors weighed in:
Is emotional abuse more damaging than other kinds of child abuse?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
All types of abuse (emotional, physical, & sexual) are damaging.
The extent of damage may be more severe for emotional or sexual abuse than for physical abuse. However, the extent of damage also has to do with the severity, frequency, and duration of abuse and the individual child's temperament, vulnerability to mental illness, support system, etc. Let's all pull together to help stop child abuse!

In brief: Sometimes
All types of abuse (emotional, physical, & sexual) are damaging.
The extent of damage may be more severe for emotional or sexual abuse than for physical abuse. However, the extent of damage also has to do with the severity, frequency, and duration of abuse and the individual child's temperament, vulnerability to mental illness, support system, etc. Let's all pull together to help stop child abuse!
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
It really depends on the child, the family, and the overall situation.
It is very difficult to generalize.

In brief: Maybe
It really depends on the child, the family, and the overall situation.
It is very difficult to generalize.
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hard to say
It's hard to say being yelled at constantly is worse than having your neck broken/head bashed in or having sex with you parent.
That said, it is often harder to recognize and get past as a child. Few will ever understand how being made to feel worthless can alter your approach to dealing with the world. I think it can be harder to recognize and treat.

In brief: Hard to say
It's hard to say being yelled at constantly is worse than having your neck broken/head bashed in or having sex with you parent.
That said, it is often harder to recognize and get past as a child. Few will ever understand how being made to feel worthless can alter your approach to dealing with the world. I think it can be harder to recognize and treat.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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