Verbal abuse cause more harm
According to Taiwan’s children’s welfare alliance, 32.5% of children have been disciplined by their parents using verbal abuse. The Chinese term used here is “verbal violence” 言語暴力。
Children who talk back (55.8%) or children who do poorly at school (55.1%) are most likely and most often subjected to verbal abuse by parents.
Parents most often use “abusive comparisons” as a form of verbal punishment (53.8%), accusing their children of being “dumb” (38.7%) in such comments like “How dumb can you get!”, and cursing (38.4%).
Among abused children and adults who were abused verbally in childhood, 69.5% say verbal abuse as a means of discipline causes more mental anguish and psychological harm than corporal punishment.