Emotionally Harmful Parenting

Emma Larkin, Dorota Iwaniec, Dominic Mc Sherry

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Emotional maltreatment tends to be overshadowed in research and in practice by other forms of maltreatment that present more obvious and explicit evidence and appear to require a more urgent response. This article aims to explore a growing body of research pointing to: (a) ways in which emotional maltreatment may adversely impact upon a child’s development and functioning; (b) factors that practitioners may wish to consider when determining whether significant harm has occurred or is likely to occur in cases of emotional maltreatment; and (c) various levels of intervention that may be usefully applied to build stronger attachment and relationship with parents or carers and to reduce emotionally harmful behaviour of the carers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-220
JournalChild Care in Practice
Issue number3
Early online date25 May 2007
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Jul 2007


  • Parenting
  • Emotional abuse
  • emotional maltreatment
  • Emotional neglect
  • Child abuse and neglect


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