battering parent syndrome

Main Entry:  battering parent syndrome
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a set of symptoms and injuries exhibited by a child who has been mentally and/or physically abused by a parent, guardian, or child-care provider's 21st Century Lexicon
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battering parent syndrome bat·ter·ing parent syndrome (bāt'ər-ĭng)
A group of signs and symptoms characterizing a psychological disorder in a child's parent or other custodian, resulting in a tendency or disposition to abuse the child. Elements contributory to this syndrome include a history of abuse upon the parent or other custodian during childhood and stress.

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