Child Abuse Alert

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Story Updated: Jul 31, 2012

But the American Academy of Pediatrics is shining a light on psychological abuse in the new edition of the journal Pediatrics.

This kind of emotional abuse can come in the form of yelling, belittling, terrorizing, or isolating behavior from parents or caregivers.

According to the Academy, research continues to show that even if the abuse is unintentional, it can result in issues from developmental to academic and social problems in children.... potentially scarring them for life.

Psychological maltreatment is one of the most common forms of child abuse, but also one of the most difficult to identify and prevent.

This new report urges pediatricians to be alert to possible cases for the child's safety and to identify treatment options for parents and support families at risk.

I'm dr Cindy Haones of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading, health news that matters to you.