While most parents are familiar with stories of physical abuse and even sexual abuse at daycare, they may be less familiar with emotional or mental abuse at a daycare. However, emotional and verbal abuse over an extended period of time can lead to very serious and long-term psychological trauma.
Some behavioral indicators of daycare emotional abuse include behavioral problems (such as cruel behavior toward other people or animals), habit disorders (such as rocking or head-banging), age-inappropriate behaviors (such as wetting or soiling) and behavioral extremes (listless one moment and overly aggressive the next).
Some physical indicators of emotional abuse could include a significant change in weight, developmental disorders, and nervous disorders.
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