21.   Emotional Abuse

Has the youth been verbally put-down or made to feel bad about themselves by their caregiver?  Has the caregiver consistently ignored the youth or denied the youth needed attention?  Has the youth been intentionally left out of family activities?

0 –   No evidence that action is needed. There is no evidence that the child or youth has experienced emotional abuse.

1 –   Let’s watch/wait.   Youth may have experienced occasional episodes of emotional abuse.  Youth may have been called a name, referred to in a mean way, or may have been denied attention or support.

2 –   Help is needed. Youth has experienced emotional abuse for a year or longer.  Caregiver(s) have humiliated, insulted, denied attention or intentionally isolated the youth on a regular basis.

3 –   Help is needed now/ immediately.  Youth has experienced severe and repeated emotional abuse over an extended period of time (at least one year).  Youth has been completely ignored, intimidated, and/or made to feel worthless by the caregiver.