Sociologists understand these experiences of violence and neglect in childhood are part of what’s known as a Toxic Socialization (TS) process. Put simply, TS is a socialization process characterized by violence and neglect.
Violence includes emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical violence. Neglect includes neglect of our physical, emotional, psychological and cognitive needs.
The word “socialization” is used to emphasize the idea that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are not simply fact. Instead, in most human cultures, the assault and neglect of children are, to one extent or another, sanctioned.