Is humiliating your child in public one of the worst forms of child abuse?

In my line of work, I see a lot of parents and children. So often I see a parent who will say something disparaging about the child, either directly to another person or within ear shot of others. It could be criticism about the child's appearance, complaints about the child's behavior at home, or... show more In my line of work, I see a lot of parents and children.
So often I see a parent who will say something disparaging about the child, either directly to another person or within ear shot of others.

It could be criticism about the child's appearance, complaints about the child's behavior at home, or comments about how tiring it is to be a parent.
Sometimes they will say cruel things to their child like "Shut up!" or "Nobody asked you!"

Isn't this child abuse, just like physical abuse?
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