Confronting Subtle Emotional Abuse in Classrooms

Nesbit, Wayne C.; Philpott, David F.
January 2002
Guidance & Counseling;Winter02, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p32
Academic Journal
Emotional abuse is an elusive concept, but one that requires focused attention given its traumatic and enduring effects. Such abuse is sometimes part of the classroom environment, as either a witting or unwitting element in teacher behaviour. In the inclusive classroom, children with special needs are especially vulnerable to both blatant and subtle emotional abuse. Based on student input, a Scale of Subtle Emotional Abuse is presented for raising teachers' self-awareness. It may also be used by school counsellors as a vehicle for professional development in schools.


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