Awareness about child physical and emotional abuse as well as sexual abuse- is increasing day by day. It is stated that the physical or emotional harm given to a child can result in serious psychological problems both in short and long terms. In addition to this, it is known that, the traditional discipline styles, especially applied in developing countries, can be physically and emotionally harmful and sometimes abusive. The stress level of the parent determines the parents choice of discipline style and psychopathologies such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder seem to be riskfull for physical and emotional abuse because they increase the stress level of parents. This paper will review the literature related to the probability of exposure to physically or emotionally abusive discipline styles for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and also the literarture related to the consequences of these abusive discipline styles on these children.
Child abuse, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, risk