Most often when we think of abuse on young children we think about sexual or physical abuse. We do take psychological abuse as serious. This is often because we cannot prove the verbal abuse is causing immediate harm to the child or the severity is enough to make a report. In the article, “Child’s psychological mistreatment may be subtle but harmful: study “ by Melissa Healy for the Las Angeles Times on July 30th 2012, she discusses a report that was done that describes some of the negative effects from psychological abuse. This can include verbal abuse, loss of patience, refusing to interact with the child, and allowing them to be in a dangerous environment without concern for the child’s wellbeing. Pediatricians should be aware of how the child feels about their home life and ask them if they feel loved. This can help determine if appropriate care is being received at home. Pediatricians should also take extra precautions when they know drug abuse or depression may be a factor for the parents or caregivers. Psychological abuse can cause a child to have attachment issues, antisocial behaviors, relationship problems, and a negative outlook on life. The problem that people face with this issue is to determine it the problem is actually psychological abuse or a case of bad parenting. As caregivers we can try to assist with the problem by recommending possible parenting classes. Some parents may not realize the negative affect that this type of abuse can have on a child. Most often the behavior is one that is learned. I often see parents follow the same pattern that they were taught by their parents. One of the ideas that the reporter discussed was that if a pediatrician suspected abuse then they should make sure that the family underwent evaluation to determine if intervention is needed. That is why prevention should be the key to changing the cycle of abuse. We need to provide parents with the opportunity to learn about the negative affects so that they are aware of the harm that can be done to their child.