ERIC Number: ED254955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Psychological Abuse of Children: Implications for Malpractice and Dismissals of Teachers.
Lynch, Patrick D.
This article defines psychological abuse of students in school settings and describes legal aspects of the problem, particularly with respect to possible action in negligence. The following four categories of psychological abuse are examined: verbal abuse, refusal to communicate, physical acts (and sexual abuse) that cause psychological damage, and combinations of verbal and physical acts that cause psychological harm. The professional knowledge base of teacher verbal behavior is discussed as a condition for possible tort action or dismissal of teachers who intentionally or negligently abuse students psychologically. Finally, a cultural-professional-legal rationale for child abuse is discussed. (Author/DCS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Child Abuse, Educational Malpractice, Elementary Secondary Education, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Discipline, Teacher Dismissal, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Student Relationship, Torts, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Psychological Abuse
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).